By David Yearsley

ISBN-10: 0521199018

ISBN-13: 9780521199018

ISBN-10: 1316639835

ISBN-13: 9781316639832

The organist seated on the king of tools with hundreds of thousands of pipes emerging throughout him, his arms busy on the manuals and his toes patrolling the pedalboard, is an emblem of musical self-sufficiency yielding musical chances past that of the other mode of solo functionality. during this booklet, David Yearsley offers an interpretation of the importance of the oldest and richest of eu tools, by way of investigating the German origins of the uniquely self sustaining use of the ft in organ enjoying. Delving right into a variety of musical, literary and visible resources, Bach's toes demonstrates the cultural significance of this bodily challenging mode of music-making, from the blind German organists of the 15th century, during the crucial contribution of Bach's track and legacy, to the newly-pedaling organists of the British Empire and the sinister visions of Nazi propagandists.

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