[Smt-talk] Toccata & Fugue in D minor (was: Identifying a composer's hand using statistics)

Jonathan De Souza jdesouza at uchicago.edu
Fri Dec 3 10:48:03 PST 2010

Yes, there are at least a couple different versions of the Toccata and Fugue
for violin. One is by Peter Williams, who first proposed the idea
in“BWV565: A Toccata in D Minor for Organ by J.S. Bach?,” Early
Music 9 (1981): 330–37. Andrew Manze also has a version, which can be heard
at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNfox7ORW1Q.

Incidentally, some scholars think that the piece was originally written
another stringed instrument: Mark Argent (2000) argues for the 5-stringed
violoncello piccolo and Eric Lewin Altschuller (2005) argues for the lute.
(Both essays can be found in The Musical Times.)

Jonathan De Souza
PhD Student in Music Theory and History
University of Chicago

On 3 December 2010 07:27, Daniel Wolf <djwolf at snafu.de> wrote:

> Has anyone made a conjectural reconstruction, for violin solo, of the
> Toccata & Fugue?
> Daniel Wolf
> composer
> Frankfurt
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