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Johann Sebastian Bach : life and work

Author: Martin Geck; John Hargraves
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most compelling figures in classical music. This study of the composer's life and work follows the course of Bach's career in rich detail - from his humble beginnings as an organ tuner and self-taught musician, to his role as Kapallmeister and cantor of St. Thomas's Church in Leipzig.
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Named Person: Johann Sebastian Bach; Johann Sebastian Bach
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Geck; John Hargraves
ISBN: 0151006482 9780151006489
OCLC Number: 66463744
Description: 738 p. : ill., music ; 24 cm.
Contents: Approaching Bach. What do we know about Bach? ; The grand old men of Bach biography : Forkel, Spitta, Schweitzer ; Transmission of the works --
The stations of Bach's life. From matins singer to Hofkapellmeister (Eisenach ; Ohrdruf ; Lüneburg ; Arnstadt ; Mühlhausen ; Weimar ; Cöthen) ; Cantor at St. Thomas and city music director in Leipzig (The position and its new incumbent ; The early years in Leipzig ; The middle Leipzig period : "court composer") ; Director of the Collegium Musicum and composer of secular music (Aesthetic controversies, private initiatives ; The later Leipzig years : the universalist ; The Bach household) --
The vocal music. The early and Weimar cantatas ; The Leipzig cantatas ; The passions ; Secular cantatas and the Christmas oratorio ; The Magnificat and the masses ; The motets --
The instrumental works. The art of the toccata ; The organ chorales ; The Cöthen demonstration cycles : inventions and sinfonias, The well-tempered clavier, six solos for violin ; The concertos ; The sonatas and suites ; The late cycles (The Goldberg variations ; The art of fugue ; The musical offering) --
Horizons. Bach's art ; Bach as a Christian ; Rhetoric and symbolism ; Proportion and numerical relations in Bach's music ; Theological Bach research : between scholarship and faith-inspired learning.
Other Titles: Bach.
Responsibility: Martin Geck ; translated from the German by John Hargraves.
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Follows the course of Johann Sebastian Bach's career - from his humble beginnings as an organ tuner and self-taught musician, to his role as Kapellmeister and cantor of St Thomas' Church in Leipzig.  Read more...

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PRAISE FROM GERMANY FOR "JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH""It's often said that you can't learn to love music by reading books. This book is the exception."--"Die Welt""Fascinating from beginning to Read more...

 
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