Jan Lust, PhD in the Arts

The study deals with 19th century piano transcriptions of organ music by Bach in the traditions of Liszt and Busoni. After the creation of a historical framework in which, via three chapters on Bach, Liszt and Busoni, the emphasis lies on the tradition of transcribing, the development of the instruments and the progressive evolution of the aesthetic insights concerning Bach and the transcriptions, a practical comparative research follows on the transcriptions made by Liszt, Busoni and their students of BWV 542, 565 and 582. This research will be tested against transcriptions by contemporaries and against the instruments (historical and contemporary). The contemporary vision will also be reflected in a 're-registration' of the transcriptions and in new music based on Bach's original material.


  • Dr. Carl Van Eyndhoven (supervisor, KU Leuven/LUCA)
  • Reitze Smits (co-supervisor)

Research Unit: Music & Drama

Duration: 2019 - 2023