Bach-Siloti Organ Prelude in G minor, BWV 535

Lenny Tinturin recorded several pieces long ago for the International Recording Competitions, where everyone had to submit a direct-to-disc (vinyl) recording to the judges, without any filters or edits. Therefore, some of these recordings are scratchy and not touched up. Lenny won three gold medals in these competitions, one for each division! In fact, Lenny played in, and won first place, in over 37 national and international competitions. Here, you will hear JS Bach’s Organ Prelude in G minor, BWV 535, IJB 546 (composed for organ ~1705, first published ~1845 or earlier [Baroque]) and transcribed for piano by Alexander Ilyich Siloti, (1863-1945), a Russian pianist, conductor, and composer. Siloti did an amazing job of bringing out the organ’s pedal tones in this transcription, as well as the amazing harmonies and melodies. And Lenny does an amazing job interpreting this piece allowing us to hear what Bach really intended us to hear. Johann Sebastian Bach was born on March 21, 1685, in Eisenach, Thuringia, Germany, into a large and distinguished family of professional musicians. His father, named Johann Ambrosius Bach, was a violinist and trumpeter, employed by the city of Eisenach. His uncles were church organists, court musicians, and composers. His mother and father died before Bach was 10. As an orphan, he moved in with his eldest brother, J. C. Bach, an organist and composer, under whose tutelage Bach studied organ music as well as the construction and maintenance of the organ. He died July 28, 1750, in Leipzig, Saxony, Holy Roman Empire [now Germany] (stroke and high fever). Bach wrote over eleven hundred music compositions in all genres. Bach is by far the most performed and recorded composer in history. Bach married his second cousin, named Maria Barbara, who was the inspirational force for his early compositions. They had seven children, 4 of whom survived to adulthood. Maria Barbara died in 1720. On December 3, 1721, Bach married Anna Magdalena (bee Wilcke), a talented soprano, who was 17 years his junior. They had thirteen children. Bach fathered a total of 20 children with his two wives.