Johann Gottfried Vierling
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
Johann Gottfried Vierling, Versuch einer Anleitung
zum Präludieren (für Ungeübtere). Leipzig: In der
Breitkopfischen Musikhandlung, .
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