Vox Humana Posted June 10, 2012 Share Posted June 10, 2012 I’m always banging on about Bach being taken too fast, but I think I may have had my come-uppance. I hope you can all access the photo here: http://tinyurl.com/cu4laq7. It is a page taken from the CD that accompanies the new Breitkopf edition of the Orgelbüchlein.* It is a galant arrangement of Bach’s O Mensch, bewein that, so the critical commentary tells us, appears in an eighteenth-century manuscript that belonged to one Leonhard Scholz (1720-98) - so it was written within forty years of Bach's death at most. It raises a question about the tempo that Bach expected for O Mensch. There is nothing to suggest that there should be an abrupt change of gear between the introduction and the chorale and it seems a bit of a cop-out to suggest that, because the baroque and galant styles are different, the speeds might also have been very different. The arranger's "adagio" is not a million miles away from Bach’s "adagio assai" so, on the face of it, one would suppose that any difference was probably not all that great. *I hope that Breitkopf will treat this as advertising rather than a breach of copyright, but I’ll remove it if there is a problem. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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