Notes & Reviews:
In 1708, a 23-year-old Johann Sebastian Bach moved to Weimar in order to occupy the position of organist at the court of Duke Wilhelm Ernst. When he arrived, Bach had probably already embarked on the composition of some of his seven Toccatas BWV 910 - 916. Unlike other great collections for keyboard instruments, such as the Suites, the Partitas, and the Well- Tempered Clavier, the toccatas were never organized by Bach into a unitary cycle. This fact, which undoubtedly makes it more complicated to investigate the process of their composition, should not induce us to overlook the governing principle that unites them: the Toccatas are stylistic laboratories through which Bach perfected and consolidated his musical language, making the most of the expressive potential of keyboard instruments.