MusingMuso Posted March 11, 2007 Share Posted March 11, 2007 I'm glad to learn someone else shares my view about this piece! I wonder when it was written. He wrote one or two other pieces that use similar filling out (a practice also known in England) and I've heard those described as early pieces - though that was from Ivor Keys way back in the 60s before the manifold modern advances in Bach scholarship. ====================== The date I came across was 1708. However, Bach got into bother at Arnstadt over his wild and elaborate accompaniments, and the fact that BWV 729 was written on 2-staves with a figured bass, tends to suggest that it was really a sketched out accompaniment of the Chorale, with flourishes. I think it was at Arnstadt where he was taken to task for "confusing the congregation." All this happened after his lengthy departure to Lubeck; which probably brought out the wild beast in him. In any event, he was admonished, and told to do things in a more conservative style by the Church Consistory,. They gave the order, "If in the future you want to introduce your tonus peregrinus, you must keep to it, and on no account fly off instantaneously into a tonus contrarius." I suspect that the use of the words "tonus contrarius" may have been a play on words, rather than merely referring to counterpoint. I would like to think that the BWV 729 is definitely by Bach. I could well imagine wigs slipping off heads as they jerked around to find out what the hell it was the Herr Bach was doing! MM Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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