Document Type


Date of Degree

Fall 2012

Degree Name

DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts)

Degree In


First Advisor

Hand, Gregory

First Committee Member

Disselhorst, Delbert

Second Committee Member

Wolgast, Brett

Third Committee Member

Eckert, Michael

Fourth Committee Member

Skiff, Frederick


Johann Sebastian Bach used his own organ compositions when teaching his students. Seeking to understand and learn from Bach's organ pedagogy, many scholars have sought to establish a list of Bach's organ works according to difficulty. These arranged lists are briefly summarized in chapter two of the present thesis, and it is shown that none of them have sufficiently explained the rationale for deciding difficulty. Chapter three establishes and describes criteria according to which Bach's organ works can be analyzed. Chapter four demonstrates how these criteria are to be applied within a selected corpus of J.S. Bach's organ works, the Leipzig versions of the Great Eighteen Chorale Preludes.

The criteria and resulting arrangement according to difficulty answer a problem within Bach scholarship by providing an objective standard by which teachers and students can select level-appropriate works for purposes of learning and performance.


Great Eighteen Chorale Preludes, Johann Sebastian Bach, Leipzig Chorales, Organ, organ pedagogy, performance difficuly


ix, 101 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 99-101).


Copyright 2012 Jin Ah Yoo

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