{ The Interpretation of Bach... }
Nicolas Gorenstein
L’interprétation de Bach
dans la « grande Ecole d’orgue française »
1900 – 1960


 Nicolas Gorenstein :
The interpretation of Bach in the “great French organ school” 1900 – 1960
One volume 8½” × 11½”
150 pages
Euros 36.-

From the end of World War I until the ’60s, the organ in France was widely dominated by Marcel Dupré ; the famous rules of performing which he had decreed and which he declared beeing based on a tradition coming from as far as J.S.Bach through Rinck, Lemmens and Widor, had become an unquestionable dogma.  Of course, nobody believes any longer in Bach's paternity in this regard.  But what about the rest of that filiation ?  Where do these rules come from ?  And what is the real part of the transmission of the past in the way Dupré used to play Bach ?
With more than three hundreds examples, and relying on underrated or neglected documents, for the first time this book brings us a valuable answer to this question.  It makes us discover the way of performing Bach by those whom Dupré claims to be his masters, and it reveals us, to our great surprise, the missing link – and what came of it.


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