"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
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.