The Orgelbüchlein Project is a major international composition project to complete J S Bach’s Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book).
The manuscript of Orgelbüchlein has 118 missing pieces, ghostly gaps with only the title penned by Bach. Each of these gaps will be filled by a new composition based on Bach’s intended melody. The new pieces, written by the most interesting composers at work today, will survey a range of modern styles.
**Edition Peters now due to publish the Gesamtorgelbüchlein**
**Recent agreement from Lionel Rogg (Switzerland), Poul Ruders (Denmark), Louis Andriessen (NL), Guy Bovet (Switzerland) and Tarik O’ Regan (GB) to write pieces for the project**
**St John’s College Cambridge to sponsor four new commissions, for premiere in 2014-16**
** Royal College of Organists sponsor Bryan Kelly to write a piece, for performance at the 150th anniversary diploma ceremony, Southwark Cathedral, 8th March 2014**
**Forthcoming collaboration with The Clerks. Provisionally entitled ‘The Arnstadt Passion’, this vocal adventure will explore Bach’s time at Arnstadt, his relationship with chorales both sung and played, and how he fought against authority**
Video courtesy of London Film School