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Johann Sebastian Bach : the learned musician

Author: Christoph Wolff
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Published to mark the 250th anniversary of J.S. Bach's death, this biography presents a picture of the composer that brings to life this towering figure of the Baroque era. It demonstrates the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Johann Sebastian Bach; Johann Sebastian Bach; Johann Sebastian Bach
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christoph Wolff
ISBN: 019816534X 9780198165347
OCLC Number: 46945288
Description: xvii, 599 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 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 Luneburg to Weimar, 1700-1703 --
Building a reputation: organist in Arnstadt and Muhlhausen, 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 Cothen, 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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marvellously detailed analysis ... Wolff recapitulates what is known about his subject's life in a lively style and deduces a great deal more by dint of diligent detective- work. * Raymond Deane, Read more...

 
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