What is the "authentic" tempo for Bach´s toccata in F major?. My opinios is that it should be playe in a moderate tempo, so that its melodic lines may be heard clearly, but most of the greatest organists play it in a hurry.
I also tend not to be impressed in videos by the hand waving & head tossing brigade, what are they trying to prove?
[....] I agree many organist play Bach faster then could have been played on the insturments of the day.
[....] It also irks me how fast the "period instrument" movement take Bach.
Marc, I also remember reading Mahler's comments about his symphonies being played like dirges. I blame Karajan for his total lack of taste when it came to his own interpretations, Christ alone knows how he became so famous? His selfsatisfying, self-indulgent approach has meant that my CD collections (about 2900 CDs) contains only ONE with Karajan and it was a gift from sibling.
It was one of the dumbest comments I've heard in a long time. It's about passion for music.
Musicians who have no "movement" at all, is fairly rigid and trained to play in a "right way".
It's therefore the organ world is so boring now, almost every one "believes" that we know how
composers played their own works.
Start playing it as you perceive it, not how others want you to play.