Germany — Retracing Bach’s Footsteps

April 5, 2019, 9:00 pm

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Stadtkirche St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany (Photo: Nathan Laube)

Nathan explores the pipe organ in Germany, the homeland of the composer most often associated with the instrument: Johann Sebastian Bach. The program frames Bach’s music and life around pipe organs that he would have known: Gottfried Silbermann’s 1711-1714 organ at the Freiberg Cathedral and Zacharias Hildebrandt’s 1746 organ at St. Wenzel in Naumburg. A quick stop to Christ Church in Rochester, New York surveys a pipe organ that illustrates how Bach’s influence on the instrument still holds today: a 2008 process-reconstruction of a 1776 Adam Gottlob Casparini organ, built only using techniques known to the illustrious Baroque composer.


Playlist

NAUMBURG, GERMANY
Stadtkirche St. Wenzel
Toccata in E Major, BWV 566, by Johann Sebastian Bach

ROCHESTER, New York, USA
Christ Church (Episcopal)
In dulci jubilo, BWV 729, by Johann Sebastian Bach

Fantasia in G minor, BWV 542, by Johann Sebastian Bach

Concerto No. 11 in D minor from L’Estro Armonico, Op. 3, by Antonio Vivaldi/ J.S. Bach
Allegro ~ Adagio spiccato e tutti ~ Allegro
Largo e spiccato
Allegro

FREIBERG, GERMANY
Dom St. Marien
Pastorella, BWV 590, by Johann Sebastian Bach

Dritter Teil der Clavierübung, by Johann Sebastian Bach
Fughetta super Die sind die heiligen Zehen Gebot, BWV 679 (Manualiter)

NAUMBURG, GERMANY
Stadtkirche St. Wenzel
Excerpts from Partita diversa sopra “Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig,” BWV 768, by Johann Sebastian Bach

Dritter Teil der Clavierübung, by Johann Sebastian Bach
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der von uns den Zorn Gottes wandt, BWV 688 (Canto fermo in Pedale, a 2 Clav.)

ROCHESTER, New York, USA
Christ Church (Episcopal)
Dritter Teil der Clavierübung, by Johann Sebastian Bach
Die sind die heiligen Zehen Gebot, BWV 679

NAUMBURG, GERMANY
Stadtkirche St. Wenzel
Dritter Teil der Clavierübung, by Johann Sebastian Bach
Fuga a 5 voci per organ pleno, BWV 552/2

ROCHESTER, New York, USA
Christ Church (Episcopal)
Passacaglia, BWV 582 , by Johann Sebastian Bach


All the Stops — All the Numbers


FREIBERG, GERMANY
Dom St. Marien – St. Mary’s Cathedral

1714 Gottfried Silbermann

II. Hauptwerk (CD-c3)

16’ Bourdun
8’ Principal
8’ Rohrflöt
8’ Viola di Gamba
4’ Octava
3’ Qvinta
2’ Sup. Octava
1 3/5’ Tertia
V Cornet (c1)
IV Mixtur
III Zimbeln
8’ Trompet
4’ Clarin

III.  Oberwerk (CD-c3)

16’ Qvintadehn
8’ Principal
8’ Gedackt
8’ Qvintadehn
4’ Octava
4’ Spitzflöt
2’ Sup. Octav
1’ Flaschflöt
V Echo (Cornet)
III Mixtur
II Zimblen
8’ Krumbhorn
8’ Vox Humana

I. Brustwerk (CD-c3)

8’ Gedackt
4’ Principal
4’ Rohrflöt
3’ Nassat
2’ Octava
1 3/5’ Tertia
1 1/3’ Qvinta
1’ Sifflöt
III Mixtur

Pedal (CD-c1)

32’ Untersatz (32’ + 16’)
16’ Princ.Bass
16’ Sub Bass
8’ Octav Bass
4’ Octav Bass
VI Ped. Mixtur (III or VI)
16’ Posaun Bass
8’ Tromp. Bass
4’ Clar. Bass

Technical Information

Mechanical Key and Stop Action

Modified Meantone Temperament
a = 437,3 Hz

Oberwerk / Hauptwerk (shove)
Brustwerk / Hauptwerk (shove)

Tremblant (fast)
Schwebung (slow)

Ventils for each manual