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Author: Malcolm Boyd
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Series: Master musicians series.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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"Illuminating the life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Malcolm Boyd's classic biography has provided generations with an acclaimed portrait of this musical giant. Now, in the wake of the 250th anniversary of the composer's death and important new findings by Bach historians, this important work has been updated and expanded - offering the most accurate and compelling study of Bach available today." "Boyd's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Johann Sebastian Bach; Johann Sebastian Bach; Johann Sebastian Bach; Johann Sebastian Bach
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Malcolm Boyd
ISBN: 0195142225 9780195142228 0195142233 9780195307719 0195307712 9780195142235
OCLC Number: 44045654
Description: xvi, 312 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 25 cm.
Contents: Preface ; List of Illustrations ; List of Bibliographical References ; A Note on Currency ; Early Works ; Choral Settings ; Preludes and Fugues ; Miscellaneous Organ Works ; Concertos ; Orchestral Suites ; Instrumental Works ; Keyboard Works ; Cantatas ; Motets and Magnificat ; Passions ; Oratorios and Masses ; Harpischord Concertos ; The Clavier-Ubung ; Appendices ; A. Calendar ; B. List of Works ; C. Personalia ; D. Select Bibliography ; General Index ; Index of Bach's Works
Series Title: Master musicians series.
Responsibility: Malcolm Boyd.
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Aimed at students, scholars, and those interested in Baroque music, this work demonstrates how the circumstances of Bach's life helped to shape the music he wrote at various periods. It presents a  Read more...

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