Bach and the Patterns of Invention

Bach and the Patterns of Invention

by Laurence Dreyfus
     
 

In this major new interpretation of the music of J.S. Bach, we gain a striking picture of the composer as a unique critic of his age. By reading Bach's music "against the grain" of contemporaries, Laurence Dreyfus explains how Bach's approach to musical invention posed a fundamental challenge to Baroque aesthetics.See more details below

Overview

In this major new interpretation of the music of J.S. Bach, we gain a striking picture of the composer as a unique critic of his age. By reading Bach's music "against the grain" of contemporaries, Laurence Dreyfus explains how Bach's approach to musical invention posed a fundamental challenge to Baroque aesthetics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674013568
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,356,615
Product dimensions:
6.98(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.78(d)

Meet the Author

Laurence Dreyfus is Professor of Music at University of Oxford and a Fellow of Magdalen College.

Table of Contents

1What Is an Invention?1
2Composing against the Grain33
3The Ideal Ritornello59
4The Status of a Genre103
5Matters of Kind135
6Figments of the Organicist Imagination169
7On Bach's Style189
8Bach as Critic of Enlightenment219
Notes247
Index of Works by Bach261
General Index263

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