This is an extremely important study which brings together valuable musicological research and practical experimentation in a unique way -- every organist should read it! CHOIR & ORGAN, September 2004 Synthesizing a wealth of historical documentation along with the results of new, experimental studies, Speerstra (Eastman School of Music) has written a thorough analysis of the musicological and performance issues that surround the ambigious history and usage of the pedal clavichord. Despite its subtitle, this book should prove valuable for a broad audience not limited to organists; it speaks to all keyboardists interested in expanding their interpretation of Baroque literature. Highly recommended. CHOICE Joel Speerstra's work presents a fascinating paradigm for the study of J.S. Bach's organ music that leads performance practice research in a new direction . . . (Speerstra) lays a path for a living performance practice that promotes an integral relationship between the organ and the pedal clavichord. NOTES, March 2005 There is much of brilliance in this book. EARLY MUSIC, January 2005 Joel Speerstra's book is a wide-ranging study of the pedal clavichord's role in the interpretation of Bach's organ music. Whether one accepts the author's premise or not, organists and clavichordists without access to such a rare instrument may discover new insights into baroque performance practice that can be applied to more readily available instruments. EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY MUSIC, 2005 (Stewart Pollens) Original and brilliant study . . . Anyone interested in keyboard instruments of any kind will find in it a great fund of information and insight into matters of general musical interest, especially the performance of Bach's music. EARLY MUSIC TODAY
About the Author
Joel Speerstra, an organist and clavichord player, is a Senior Researcher at the Göteborg Organ Center, Göteborg University, Sweden, and has taught at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music.