Other Publications

In addition to Bach Perspectives and Bach Notes, the American Bach Society has sponsored several other publications.

Robert L. Marshall & Traute M. Marshall, Exploring the World of J. S. Bach: A Traveler’s Guide (University of Illinois Press, 2016)

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A singular resource, Exploring the World of J. S. Bach puts Bach aficionados and classical music lovers in the shoes of the master composer. Bach scholar Robert L. Marshall and veteran writer-translator Traute M. Marshall lead readers on a Baroque Era odyssey through more than fifty towns where Bach resided, visited, and of course created his works. Drawing on established sources as well as newly available East German archives, the authors describe each site in Bach's time and the present, linking the sites to the biographical information, artistic and historic landmarks, and musical activities associated with each. A wealth of historical illustrations, color photographs, and maps supplement the text, whetting the appetite of the visitor and the armchair traveler alike.

Christoph Wolff & Markus Zepf, The Organs of J. S. Bach: A Handbook, trans. Lynn Edwards Butler (University of Illinois Press, 2012)

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The Organs of J. S. Bach is a comprehensive and fascinating guide to the organs encountered by Bach throughout Germany in his roles as organist, concert artist, examiner, teacher, and visitor. Newly revised and updated, the book’s entries are listed alphabetically by geographical location, from Arnstadt to Zschortau, providing an easy-to-reference overview.

Includes detailed organ-specific information:

  • High-quality color photographs
  • Each instrument's history, its connection to Bach, and its disposition as Bach would have known it
  • Architectural histories of the churches housing the instruments
  • Identification of church organists