Turk's book is the first to deal exclusively with the role of the organist in worship by concentrating on church music from the time of Bach up to the decline of thoroughbass. A unique source of information about church music practice, the improvisation of preludes, the role of the organ in relation to the liturgy, and thoroughbass, this book holds an important place in music history. Margot Woolard provides appropriate annotation and interpretative commentary. An invaluable addition to the literature on liturgical music.
Margot Ann Greenlimb Woolard is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, director of their Church Organist Training Program, and leader of the Nebraska Church Music Workshops.