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Beyond Bach : music and everyday life in the eighteenth century

Author: Andrew Talle
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Reverence for J.S. Bach's music and its towering presence in our cultural memory have long affected how people hear his works. In his own time, however, Bach stood as just another figure among a number of composers, many of them more popular with the music-loving public. Eschewing the great composer style of music history, Andrew Talle takes us on a journey that looks at how ordinary people made music in Bach's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Talle, Andrew.
Beyond Bach.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2017
(DLC) 2016043348
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Talle
ISBN: 9780252040849 0252040848
OCLC Number: 958876520
Description: xiv, 343 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), music ; 25 cm
Contents: Civilizing instruments --
The mechanic and the tax collector --
A silver merchant's daughter --
A dark-haired dame and her Scottish admirer --
Two teenage countesses --
A marriage rooted in reason --
Male amateur keyboardists --
A blacksmith's son --
May God protect this beautiful organ --
How professional musicians were compensated --
The daily life of an organist.
Responsibility: Andrew Talle.

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"Reverence for J.S. Bach's music and its towering presence in our cultural memory have long affected how people hear his works. In his own time, however, Bach stood as just another figure among a number of composers, many of them more popular with the music-loving public. Eschewing the great composer style of music history, Andrew Talle takes us on a journey that looks at how ordinary people made music in Bach's Germany. Talle focuses in particular on the culture of keyboard playing as lived in public and private. As he ranges through a wealth of documents, instruments, diaries, account ledgers, and works of art, Talle brings a fascinating cast of characters to life. These individuals--amateur and professional performers, patrons, instrument builders, and listeners--inhabited a lost world, and Talle's deft expertise teases out the diverse roles music played in their lives and in their relationships with one another. At the same time, his nuanced recreation of keyboard playing's social milieu illuminates the era's reception of Bach's immortal works."--Jacket.

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