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Johann Sebastian Bach : life and work

Author: Martin Geck
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, 2006
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Traces the life and career of the classical composer from his humble origins as a self-taught court musician to his role as kapellmeister and cantor of St. Thomas's Church, in an account that explores his relationship with the German aristocracy, his religious beliefs, and his role as a family man. 15,000 first printing.
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Named Person: Johann Sebastian Bach
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Geck
ISBN: 9780151006489 0151006482
OCLC Number: 762135460
Notes: Originaltitel: Bach
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
Description: 738 s. : illustrations, 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.
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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