Bach / Edition 1

Bach / Edition 1

by Christoph Wolff
     
 

Step into the classroom with Christoph Wolff

Johann Sebastian Bach holds a singular position in the history of music. A uniquely gifted musician, he combined outstanding performing virtuosity with supreme creative powers and remarkable intellectual discipline. More than two centuries after his lifetime, Bach's work continues to set musical

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Step into the classroom with Christoph Wolff

Johann Sebastian Bach holds a singular position in the history of music. A uniquely gifted musician, he combined outstanding performing virtuosity with supreme creative powers and remarkable intellectual discipline. More than two centuries after his lifetime, Bach's work continues to set musical standards.

The noted Bach scholar Christoph Wolff offers in this book new perspectives on the composer's life and remarkable career. Uncovering important historical evidence, the author demonstrates significant influences on Bach's artistic development and brings fresh insight on his work habits, compositional intent, and the musical traditions that shaped Bach's thought. Wolff reveals a composer devoted to an ambitious and highly individual creative approach, one characterized by constant self-criticism and self-challenge, the absorption of new skills and techniques, and the rethinking of riches from the musical past.

Readers will find illuminating analyses of some of Bach's greatest music, including the B Minor Mass, important cantatas, keyboard and chamber compositions, the Musical Offering, and the Art of Fugue. Discussion of how these pieces "work" will be helpful to performers--singers, players, conductors--and to everyone interested in exploring the conceptual and contextual aspects of Bach's music. All readers will find especially interesting those essays in which Wolff elaborates on his celebrated discoveries of previously unknown works: notably the fourteen "Goldberg" canons and a collection of thirty-three chorale preludes.

Representing twenty-five years of scholarship, these essays--half of which appear here in English for the first time--have established Christoph Wolff as one of the world's preeminent authorities on J. S. Bach. All students, performers, and lovers of Bach's music will find this an engaging and enlightening book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674059269
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1994
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
478
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.96(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Abbreviations

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

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

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

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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