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Johann Sebastian Bach : the learned musician

Author: Christoph Wolff
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Named Person: Johann Sebastian Bach; Johann Sebastian Bach; Johann Sebastian Bach; Johann Sebastian Bach; Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach, Johann Sebastian <1685-1750>; Johann Sebastian Bach
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christoph Wolff
ISBN: 039304825X 9780393048254 0393047202 9780393047202 0393322564 9780393322569
OCLC Number: 42682699
Description: xvii, 599 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: Bach and the notion of "musical science" --
Springs of musical talent and lifelong influences: Eisenach, 1685-1695 --
Laying the foundations: Ohrdruf, 1695-1700 --
Bypassing a musical apprenticeship: from Lüneburg to Weimar, 1700-1703 --
Building a reputation: organist in Arnstadt and Mühlhausen, 1703-1708 --
Exploring "every possible artistry": court organist and Cammer Musicus in Weimar, 1708-1714 --
Expanding musical horizons: concertmaster in Weimar, 1714-1717 --
Pursing "the musical contest for superiority": capellmeister in Cöthen, 1717-1723 --
Redefining a venerable office: cantor and music director in Leipzig: the 1720s --
Musician and scholar: counterpoint of practice and theory --
Traversing conventional boundaries: special engagements: the 1730s --
A singing bird and carnations for the lady of the house: domestic and professional life --
Contemplating past, present, and future: the final decade: the 1740s --
Epilogue: Bach and the idea of "musical perfection."
Responsibility: Christoph Wolff.
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Finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Biography, this landmark book was revised in 2013 to include new knowledge discovered after its initial publication.  Read more...

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"A monumental work that must find its way into the library of every musician and every dedicated lover of music." -- Isaac Stern "It's unlikely that anyone will fashion a finer tribute to [Bach's] Read more...

 
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