On Thu, 31 Aug 2006 22:12:26 +0200, Thomas Dent <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>They even have a picture - and look! he signed his name with squiggles!
Which he did habitually ...
>The pieces seem to be in German organ tablature.
They *are* written in (so-called New) German organ tablature (NGOT).
> I wonder when Bach switched over to score.
There is one full-blown piece preserved in JSB's hand in NGOT: The Fantasia
c-minor BWV 1121 (composed or at least copied 1707/1710) in the "Andreas
Another work by Bach in NGOT is to be found in the same source: the Choral
prelude BWV 724, but that is non-autograph!
Robert Hill (*) has suggested that some other works, which are preserved in
these two mss. in staff notation, might have been in/transcribed from
previous tablatures (some of which might have been autographs, some not):
BWV 582 (early version)
BWV 832 Suite in A major
BWV 912 a Toccata in D major
BWV 917 Fantasia in G major
JSB used NGOT at least occasionally much later, when running out of space.
Well-known examples in the Orgelbüchlein, or in "Ich habe genung" (BWV 82)
cf. Robert Stephen Hill: The 'Möller Manuscript' and the 'Andreas Bach
Book': Two keyboard anthologies from the circle of the young Johann
Sebastian Bach. 2 vols. Ann Arbor, UMI 1997.
– [section:] "MB/ABB Copies derived from Tablature Vorlagen", 151–165
– chapter VI: "The transmission of the J.S.Bach works in MM and