Mozart and the Keyboard Culture of His Time

Johann Gottfried Vierling
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Johann Gottfried Vierling (1750-1813) was a respected church organist and the composer of around 160 cantatas. His treatise on improvising preludes for beginners belongs, along with the last chapter of Bach’s treatise, to a scant body of historical writings on the art of keyboard improvisation. Vierling supplies several examples of figured-bass lines, along with examples of how they might be spun into a prelude. He writes, "I give here differing examples of each, and the student can easily think up a few more possibilities."

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Johann Gottfried Vierling, Versuch einer Anleitung zum Präludieren (für Ungeübtere). Leipzig: In der Breitkopfischen Musikhandlung, [1794].
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Introduction
From Sketch to Completed Work
From Print to CD
How did Mozart Compose?
The Mozart Myth: Tales of a Forgery
Mozart's Images
Mozart's Images Imagined
What the Score Doesn't Tell Us
The Piano Lesson
The Cult of Mozart
Commodification & Kitsch
Credits
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