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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was the father of modern music, a supreme craftsman able to bridge the gap between the music of the Renaissance and the glories of Mozart, Hayden, and Beethoven. Bach expert Martin Geck shows us Bach in his time, offering a portrait of the personal, political and social circumstances that shaped some of the greatest music ever written. It analyses Bach's musical achievement and considers why music such as the "Brandenburg Concertos" and the "St. Matthew Passion" continues to hold its appeal centuries later.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904341161
  • Publisher: Haus Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Series: Life&Times Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Geck studied musicology, theology and philosophy at Münster, Berlin and Kiel. He took his doctorate in 1962 and in 1966 became the founding editor of the Gesamtausgabe of the works of Richard Wagner. He wrote a number of musicological textbooks and was appointed full professor of musicology at Dortmund University in 1976. He has edited and written many books, articles and entries into encyclopaedic works on the history of German music in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, concentrating on the work of Schütz, Buxtehude, Brahms, Bach, Beethoven, E T A Hoffmann, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Wagner. He is also the author of Beethoven (Haus Publishing, 2003).

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Table of Contents

Introduction VII
The early years: youth and early experiences as an organist (1685-1708) 1
Court organist and Konzertmeister: Bach in Weimar (1708-1717) 25
Court Kapellmeister in Kothen (1717-1723) 48
Kantor of St Thomas's: Bach's early Leipzig period (1723-1729) 70
The 'court composer': Bach's middle Leipzig period (from 1729) 96
The universalist: the late Leipzig period (to 1750) 120
Epilogue: Bach's place in the history of music 140
Bach and the Violin 149
Notes 150
Chronology 156
Select Discography 166
Further Reading 168
Picture Sources 172
Index 173
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