Halle ... Leipzig: auf Kosten des Verfassers ... Schwickert, 1787.
Octavo. Half mid-tan calf with marbled boards, spine in decorative compartments gilt with dark red title label gilt, marbled endpapers and edges. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), -240 pp. with typeset music to pp. 214-240.
With small bookplate and two small Rotterdam binder's labels to front pastedown.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped. Slightly worn, browned, and foxed; early circular handstamp to recto of title and two handstamps to verso indicating de-accession from the "Bibliotheca Hamburg. Publ."
First Edition. Not in Cortot, Wolffheim, or Hirsch. Gregory-Bartlett p. 275 (lacking the Anhang containing the musical examples). RISM BVI p. 847.
Türk, a German theorist and composer, received his musical education at the Dresden Kreuzschule under the Kantor G.A. Homilius, "a former pupil of Bach and teacher of J.A. Hiller and J.F. Reichardt. In 1772 he enrolled at the University of Leipzig, but continued his music studies under the guidance of Hiller ... He took keyboard (clavichord) lessons in Leipzig from J.W. Hassler, a pupil of J.C. Kittel and therefore also in the tradition of J.S. Bach ... In 1787 Turk was appointed organist and musical director of the Marktkirche (Liebfrauenkirche), the principal church in Halle (the position earlier held by W.F. Bach) ... In the same year his book Von den wichtigsten Pflichten eines Organisten appeared, the first of the fundamental theoretical works which were to occupy him for the greater part of his life ... With this Beytrag zur Verbesserung der musikalischen Liturgie, as the work was sub-titled, he hit on a subject of great topical interest in view of the increasing decline in the importance of ecclesiastical matters, including church music, in the face of the Enlightenment. His treatise was one of the first steps towards reform." Erwin R. Jacobi in Grove Music Online.
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