Magazine article The American Organist

Six Sonatas

Magazine article The American Organist

Six Sonatas

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JOHANN LUDWIG KREBS, SIX SONATAS, ed. Felix Friedrich. Dr. J. Butz Musikverlag 2424, 2011, 40 pp. Butz-verlag.de. Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713-1780) studied with J.S. Bach and was a highly favored student. He composed over 100 organ works, as well as music for other instruments, including harpsichord. This edition of the sonatas, Krebs WV 832-837, is the first publication of them; it is based on the sole manuscript source, which states that they are for cembalo solo. Thus, the indication on the cover that they are also for organ or fortepiano is an editorial opinion.

These works are written in the gallant style often found in compositions by the sons of Bach, Sammartini, and the young Mozart. Each has three movements in fastslower-fast order, with the first and last in binary form having repeats, while the middle movement is through-composed. …

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