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Essays on His Life and Music

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$56.00 • £44.95 • €50.50

ISBN 9780674059269

Publication Date: 01/01/1994


480 pages

7 x 10 inches

88 line illustrations, 52 halftones, 30 musical examples, 27 tables


  • Preface
  • Abbreviations
  • I. Outlines of a Musical Portrait
    • New Perspectives on Bach Biography
    • The Family
    • Decisive Career Steps
    • Employers and Patrons
    • Buxtehude, Bach, and Seventeenth-Century Music in Retrospect
    • Bach and Johann Adam Reinken: A Context for the Early Works
    • Vivaldi’s Compositional Art, Bach, and the Process of “Musical Thinking”
    • Bach and the Tradition of the Palestrina Style
  • II. New Sources: Broadened Perspectives
    • The Neumeister Collection of Chorale Preludes from the Bach Circle
    • Bach’s Audition for the St. Thomas Cantorate: The Cantata “Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn”
    • Origins of the Kyrie of the B Minor Mass
    • The Reformation Cantata “Em feste Burg”
    • The Handexemplar of the Goldberg Variations
    • Bach’s Personal Copy of the Schubler Chorales
    • The Clavier-Ubung Series
    • Text-Critical Comments on the Original Print of the Partitas
    • Bach’s Leipzig Chamber Music
    • New Research on the Musical Offering
    • Bach’s Last Fugue: Unfinished?
    • The Compositional History of the Art of Fugue
    • The Deathbed Chorale: Exposing a Myth
  • III. Concepts, Style, and Chronology
    • Chronology and Style in the Early Works: A Background for the Orgel-Buchlein
    • The Architecture of the Passacaglia
    • The Organ in Bach’s Cantatas
    • Apropos the Musical Offering: The Thema Regium and the Term Ricercar
    • The Agnus Dei of the B Minor Mass: Parody and New Composition Reconciled
    • Principles of Design and Order in Bach’s Original Editions
    • Toward a Definition of the Last Period of Bach’s Work
  • IV. Early Reception and Artistic Legacy
    • On the Original Editions of Bach’s Works
    • Bach’s Vocal Music and Early Music Criticism
    • On the Recognition of Bach and “the Bach Chorale”: Eighteenth-Century Perspectives
    • “The Extraordinary Perfections of the Hon. Court Composer”: An Inquiry into the Individuality of Bach’s Music
  • Notes and Postscripts
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index of Works by Johann Sebastian Bach
    • Individual Compositions
    • Collections
  • Index of Archival Sources
  • General Index

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