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Wolff, Christoph

Works: 412 works in 1,277 publications in 5 languages and 21,785 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Conference proceedings  Thematic catalogs  Bibliography  Manuscripts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Writer of accompanying material, Author of introduction, Honoree, Creator, Contributor, Interviewee, Publishing director, edc
Classifications: ML410.B1, B
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Most widely held works by Christoph Wolff
Johann Sebastian Bach : the learned musician by Christoph Wolff( Book )

47 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 2,317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We see Bach's life and his surroundings, from his birth in 1685 through his school years, and finally to his 27 year sojourn in Leipzig
Driven into paradise the musical migration from Nazi Germany to the United States( )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 2,031 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Forced Migration of artists and scholars from Nazi German is a compelling and often wrenching story. The story is twofold - of impoverishment for the countries the musicians left behind and enrichment for the United States. The latter is the focus of this collection, which approaches the subject from diverse perspectives, including documentary-style newspaper accounts and an exploration of Walt Whitman's poetry in the work of Paul Hindemith and Kurt Weill."--Jacket
Mozart's Requiem historical and analytical studies, documents, score by Christoph Wolff( )

16 editions published between 1993 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christoph Wolff provides a critical introduction to the Requiem in its many facets. Part I of his study focuses on the tangled genesis and completion of the work and its early reception history until Constanze's death. Wolff summarizes the current state of research on the subject, provides new perspectives on Mozart's conception of the whole work, and surveys his contributions to the movements composed posthumously by his assistant, Sussmayr. Part II provides a musical analysis of Mozart's composition, including contextual, structural, and interpretive aspects. Part III consists of an annotated collection of the principal literary documents (1791-1839) that illuminate the fascinating early history of the Requiem. The book concludes with a complete edition of the work that is at the center of Wolff's study, the authentic score of the Requiem--Mozart's fragment--supplemented by crucial excerpts from Sussmayr's 1792 Requiem completion
The organs of J.S. Bach a handbook by Christoph Wolff( )

11 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,034 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Organs of J.S. Bach is a comprehensive and fascinating guide to the organs encountered by Bach throughout Germany in his roles as organist, concert artist, examiner, teacher, and visitor. Newly revised and updated, the book's entries are listed alphabetically by geographical location, from Arnstadt to Zschortau, providing an easy-to-reference overview. Includes detailed organ-specific information: high-quality color photographs; each instrument's history, its connection to Bach, and its disposition as Bach would have known it; organ stop lists. architectural histories of the churches housing the instruments; identification of church organists. Lynn Edwards Butler's graceful translation of Christoph Wolff and Markus Zepf's volume incorporates new research and many corrections and updates to the original German edition. Bibliographical references are updated to include English-language sources, and the translation includes an expanded essay by Christoph Wolff on Bach as organist, organ composer, and organ expert. The volume includes maps, a timeline of organ-related events, transcriptions of Bach's organ reports, a guide to examining organs attributed to Saxony's most famous organ builder Gottfried Silbermann, and biographical information on organ builders [Publisher description]
Bach : essays on his life and music by Christoph Wolff( Book )

15 editions published between 1991 and 1999 in English and held by 1,021 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The noted Bach scholar Christoph Wolff offers in this book new perspectives on the composer's life and remarkable career. Uncovering important historical evidence, the author demonstrates significant influences on Bach's artistic development and brings insight on his work habits, compositional intent, and the musical traditions that shaped Bach's thought. Wolff reveals a composer devoted to an ambitious and highly individual creative approach, one characterized by constant self-criticism and self-challenge, the absorption of new skills and techniques, and the rethinking of riches from the musical past. Readers will find analyses of some of Bach's greatest music, including the B Minor Mass, important cantatas, keyboard and chamber compositions, the Musical Offering, and the Art of Fugue. Discussion of how these pieces "work" will be helpful to performers--singers, players, conductors--and to everyone interested in exploring the conceptual and contextual aspects of Bach's music. All readers will find especially interesting those essays in which Wolff elaborates on his celebrated discoveries of previously unknown works: notably the fourteen "Goldberg" canons and a collection of thirty-three chorale preludes. --From publisher's description
The new Bach reader : a life of Johann Sebastian Bach in letters and documents( Book )

15 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,018 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gathered in this volume are all the letters, reports, testimonials, complaints, thank-you notes, and other writings of J.S. Bach, together with a generous helping of performance and payment inventories, town council proceedings, court and archival records, letters of appointment, and other papers that document the fabric of the composer's daily life. Here, in English translations that preserve the full flavor of the originals, we encounter more than four hundred items. The book also presents a complete translation of J.N. Forkel's landmark 1802 biography, On Johann Sebastian Bach's Life, Genius, and Works; a thorough chronology of events in the composer's life and career; a detailed genealogy and family tree that Bach himself prepared; an extensive obituary written by C.P.E. Bach and J.F. Agricola; facsimiles of a dozen music manuscripts, including working drafts; Romantic-era views of Bach; and a wealth of other materials
The New Grove Bach family by Christoph Wolff( Book )

13 editions published between 1980 and 1985 in English and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the life and discusses the compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach and the other musician members of his family
Mozart at the gateway to his fortune : serving the Emperor, 1788-1791 by Christoph Wolff( Book )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"I now stand at the gateway to my fortune," Mozart wrote in a letter of 1790. He had entered into the service of Emperor Joseph II of Austria two years earlier as Imperial-Royal Chamber Composer--a salaried appointment with a distinguished title and few obligations. His extraordinary subsequent output, beginning with the three final great symphonies from the summer of 1788, invites a reassessment of this entire period of his life. Readers will gain a new appreciation and understanding of the composer's works from that time without the usual emphasis on his imminent death. The author discusses the major biographical and musical implications of the royal appointment and explores Mozart's "imperial style" on the basis of his major compositions--keyboard, chamber, orchestral, operatic, and sacred--and focuses on the large, unfamiliar works he left incomplete. This new perspective points to an energetic, fresh beginning for the composer and a promising creative and financial future [Publisher description]
The world of the Bach cantatas( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 648 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Orgelchoräle der Neumeister-Sammlung = Organ chorales from the Neumeister Collection : Yale University, Manuscript LM 4708 by Johann Sebastian Bach( )

25 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The century of Bach and Mozart : perspectives on historiography, composition, theory, and performance( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart stand as representatives of European music of the eighteenth century, composers whose works reflect intellectual, religious, and aesthetic trends of the period. Research on their compositions continues in many ways to shape our broader understanding of eighteenth century musical thought and its contexts. This collection of essays offers a variety of perspectives on the two composers, as well as some of their important contemporaries, Haydn in particular. The book addersses topics such as the historiography of eighteenth-century music, concepts of time and musical form, the idea of the musical work and its relation to publishing practices, compositional process, and performance practice.--From publisher's description
The string quartets of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven : studies of the autograph manuscripts : a conference at Isham Memorial Library, March 15-17, 1979 by Isham Library Conference( Book )

6 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kanons ; Musikalisches Opfer by Johann Sebastian Bach( )

64 editions published between 1974 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enthält: Kanons BWV 1072-1078, BWV deest ; Musikalisches Opfer BWV 1079
Concerto in C major for piano and orchestra, K. 503 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( )

63 editions published between 1976 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Composition de l'orchestre:, cordes
Bach Compendium : analytisch-bibliographisches Repertorium der Werke Johann Sebastian Bachs (BC) by Hans-Joachim Schulze( Book )

20 editions published between 1985 and 1989 in German and Undetermined and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A life for new music : selected papers of Paul Fromm by Paul Fromm( Book )

5 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Music of my future" : the Schoenberg quartets and Trio( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der stile antico in der Musik Johann Sebastian Bachs. Studien zu Bachs Spätwerk by Christoph Wolff( Book )

11 editions published in 1968 in German and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vierzehn Kanons über die ersten acht Fundamentalnoten der Aria aus den "Goldberg-Variationen" = Fourteen canons on the first eight notes of the Aria ground from the "Goldberg variations" by Johann Sebastian Bach( )

20 editions published between 1976 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ueber Johann Sebastian Bachs Leben, Kunst und Kunstwerke : (Leipzig 1802) : Edition, Quellen, Materialien by Johann Nikolaus Forkel( Book )

10 editions published in 2008 in German and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cette traduction est tirée de l'édition originale de la première biographie de J.-S. Bach rédigée par le musicologue Forkel en 1802. En plus d'avoir étudié attentivement toutes les partitions du célèbre Cantor, le biographe a pu interroger deux de ses fils, Carl Philipp Emanuel et Wilhelm Friedemann. L'étude biographique est précédée d'un important avant-propos sur le musicologue Forkel et suivie d'une nécrologie de J.-S. Bach et de deux lettres de Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach à Forkel. Un travail de pionnier sur lequel s'appuient les biographes postérieurs de Bach
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Johann Sebastian Bach : the learned musician
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ヴォルフ, クリストフ

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Driven into paradise the musical migration from Nazi Germany to the United StatesMozart's Requiem historical and analytical studies, documents, scoreBach : essays on his life and musicThe new Bach reader : a life of Johann Sebastian Bach in letters and documentsThe New Grove Bach familyThe world of the Bach cantatasThe century of Bach and Mozart : perspectives on historiography, composition, theory, and performanceA life for new music : selected papers of Paul Fromm"Music of my future" : the Schoenberg quartets and Trio