The Clavier-√úbung III (The German Organ Mass) – J.S. Bach

Saturday, June 2, 2012
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Saturday, 2 June from 4:00 – 5:30 PM

No tickets or reservations required
$20 Suggested Donation to the Organ Fund

John Scott plays The Clavier-√úbung III, sometimes referred to as the German Organ Mass, a collection of compositions which Bach published in 1739–his first published organ music.  It is considered to be Bach’s most significant and extensive work for organ, containing some of his musically most complex and technically most demanding compositions for the instrument.  It is thought that the collection was written to commemorate the bicentennial of Martin Luther’s sermon at Leipzig’s Thomaskirche and of the city’s official acceptance of Luther’s Augsburg Confessions.  Bach’s brilliant cycle of twenty-seven masterworks is united by a great musical and theological design, directly linked to Luther’s Greater and Lesser Catechisms.  Although John Scott has played all the pieces at some point in his career, this year is his first opportunity to play the complete work in one sitting.