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Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician
     

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician

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by Christoph Wolff
 

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ISBN-10: 0393322564

ISBN-13: 9780393322569

Pub. Date: 09/28/2001

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

Finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Biography, this landmark book was revised in 2013 to include new knowledge discovered after its initial publication.Although we have heard the music of J. S. Bach in countless performances and recordings, the composer himself still comes across only as an enigmatic figure in a single familiar portrait. As we mark the 250th

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Finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Biography, this landmark book was revised in 2013 to include new knowledge discovered after its initial publication.Although we have heard the music of J. S. Bach in countless performances and recordings, the composer himself still comes across only as an enigmatic figure in a single familiar portrait. As we mark the 250th anniversary of Bach's death, author Christoph Wolff presents a new picture that brings to life this towering figure of the Baroque era. This engaging new biography portrays Bach as the living, breathing, and sometimes imperfect human being that he was, while bringing to bear all the advances of the last half-century of Bach scholarship. Wolff demonstrates the intimate connection between the composer's life and his music, showing how Bach's superb inventiveness pervaded his career as musician, composer, performer, scholar, and teacher. And throughout, we see Bach in the broader context of his time: its institutions, traditions, and influences. With this highly readable book, Wolff sets a new standard for Bach biography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393322569
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
624
Sales rank:
339,280
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents

General Abbreviationsxii
Acknowledgmentsxii
List of Illustrationsxiii
Prefacexv
Prologue: Bach and the Notion of "Musical Science"1
1.Springs of Musical Talent and Lifelong Influences - Eisenach, 1685-169513
Ambrosius Bach and His Family13
In the Ambience of Home, Town, Court, School, and Church21
2.Laying the Foundations - Ohrdruf, 1695-170033
In the Care of His Older Brother33
Sebastian's Musical Beginnings42
3.Bypassing a Musical Apprenticeship - From Luneburg to Weimar, 1700-170353
Choral Scholar at St. Michael's in Luneburg53
Bohm, Reinken, and the Celle Court Capelle60
The Interim: Thuringian Opportunities66
Early Musical Achievements71
4.Building a Reputation - Organist in Arnstadt and Muhlhausen, 1703-170877
At the New Church in Arnstadt77
"First Fruits" and the Buxtehude Experience92
At the Blasius Church in Muhlhausen102
5.Exploring "Every Possible Artistry" - Court Organist and Cammer Musicus in Weimar, 1708-1714117
The First Six Years at the Ducal Court117
Clavier Virtuoso and Organ Expert136
6.Expanding Musical Horizons - Concertmaster in Weimar, 1714-1717147
A Career Choice147
Mostly Music for "The Heaven's Castle"155
"Musical Thinking": The Making of a Composer169
High and Low Points175
7.Pursuing "the Musical Contest for Superiority" - Capellmeister in Cothen, 1717-1723187
Princely Patronage187
Travels and Trials207
A Canon of Principles, and Pushing the Limits225
8.Redefining a Venerable Office - Cantor and Music Director in Leipzig: The 1720s237
A Capellmeister at St. Thomas's237
Mostly Cantatas253
"The Great Passion" and Its Context288
9.Musician and Scholar - Counterpoint of Practice and Theory305
Performer, Composer, Teacher, Scholar305
Music Director at the University311
Professorial Colleagues and University Students319
Materials and Metaphysics331
10.Traversing Conventional Boundaries - Special Engagements: the 1730s341
At a Crossroads341
Director of the Collegium Musicum and Royal Court Composer351
The Clavier-Ubung Project373
At the Composer's Desk381
11.A Singing Bird and Carnations for the Lady of the House - Domestic and Professional Life391
Family and Home391
Balancing Official Duties and Private Business409
12.Contemplating Past, Present, and Future - The Final Decade: The 1740s417
Retreat but No Rest417
The Art of Fugue, the B-Minor Mass, and a Place in History431
The End442
Estate and Musical Legacy454
Epilogue: Bach and the Idea of "Musical Perfection"465
Notes473
Music Examples511
Appendixes
1.Chronology525
2.Places of Bach's Activities535
3.Money and Living Costs in Bach's Time539
4.The Lutheran Church Calendar543
Bibliography545
Genre Index of Bach's Works555
Title Index of Bach's Works564
General Index573

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