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  • Series: Musical Performance and Reception
  • Hardcover: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (February 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521199018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521199018
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,357,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There is much to enjoy in this compelling study"
--Early Music

"Yearsley's ability to make con- nections among disparate elements shows a rare degree of insight pos- sessed by one at once passionate about the subject matter and deeply immersed in it through lifelong involvement and study. It is a rare book about the organ that can appeal to, and inform, both organ- ists and non-organists. In focusing on the feet, Yearsley crafts a point of view to which anyone can relate."
--Early Music America

"Part of his intent in writing Bach's Feet, which is clearly a labor of love, is to reintroduce the organ into general musicological discourse, and perhaps even attract some lay readers. His book certainly deserves to succeed in its mission, and the organ, as he says, is "ready for a comeback."
--NOTES

Book Description

From 1500, the independent use of the feet in musical performance at the organ was unique to Germany and vital to its cultural standing in Europe. Yearsley presents an account of this mode of music-making spanning some 500 years, including reappraising J. S. Bach's crucial role in that history.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By snake on September 10, 2012
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This book is unique and is full of material I have been seeking for decades, and makes a very strong case that the pedal is the crowning glory of the organ. It explores the reluctance of the rest of the world to give the pedal its due, a reluctance still with us, and seen, for example, in the occasional large American organ with no independent pedal stops at all. While the book was a bit pricey (about $90), for value received it was the best bargain I have had in years. Interestingly, Yearsley uses "aerobic" to describe some pedal passages, while others might think "acrobatic" would be better. "Acrobatic", however, describes moves the body makes; while "aerobic" describes their effect on the body, and I challenge anyone to play Bach's Fugue in D major (BWV 532) at a reasonable tempo without a quickening of pulse by the end. I found the treatment of double pedalling the most gratifying, and can only agree with Yearsley that such works as the (sadly) rarely heard "Aus tiefer Not" (BWV 686) engage more of the body - including the brain - than any other musical activity. In my opinion it is in performing this kind of music that we are most alive. This book belongs in every serious organist's library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James H. Cook on April 10, 2013
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This book charmed me from the first sight of the dust jacket through the final chapter. I taught organists and music history undergraduates for more than a generation, and if I could find all of those past students today I would urge each of them to read this book. It's firmly rooted in wide-ranging scholarship that ventures into elements that go beyond the simple discussion of 'making music with your feet.' There's an attractive element to the subject that appeals to more people than just organists. Furthermore, it's written in a style that communicates the author's excitement about the subject in a way that a mere factual account could never approach. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Not that I want anyone to think that I rely on other reviews to bolster my opinion, but this book was just awarded the Ogasapian Book Prize by the Organ Historical Society (OHS). What more needs to be said?
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Both amateur organ afficionadoes and professionals found this interesting. Good visuals (illustrations). The book is attractively done and well researched, apparently.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Lee Brower on February 2, 2013
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This book is definitely for a lover of baroque and german organ music. It has lots of great information and great images, but can be a long and tedious read for people who are not enthusiastic about the organ.
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