The Century of Bach & Mozart: Perspectives on Historiography, Composition, Theory & Performance

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For many today Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart stand as towering representatives of European music of the eighteenth century, composers whose works reflect intellectual, religious, and aesthetic trends of the period. Research on their compositions continues in many ways to shape our broader understanding of eighteenth-century musical thought and its contexts. This collection of essays by leading authorities in the field offers a variety of new perspectives on the two composers, as well as some ...

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Overview

For many today Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart stand as towering representatives of European music of the eighteenth century, composers whose works reflect intellectual, religious, and aesthetic trends of the period. Research on their compositions continues in many ways to shape our broader understanding of eighteenth-century musical thought and its contexts. This collection of essays by leading authorities in the field offers a variety of new perspectives on the two composers, as well as some of their important contemporaries, Haydn in particular. Addressing topics as diverse as the historiography of eighteenth-century music, concepts of time and musical form, the idea of the musical work and its relation to publishing practices, compositional process, and performance practice, these essays together constitute a major contribution to eighteenth-century studies.

This book had its origin in a conference that took place at the Music Department of Harvard University on September 23–25, 2005, to honor Professor Christoph Wolff, Adams University Professor at Harvard University.

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Every reader will have his or her own favorite essays in this exemplary collection...[It] makes a major contribution to l8th-century studies as well as music.
— J. P. Ambrose

Choice - J. P. Ambrose
Every reader will have his or her own favorite essays in this exemplary collection...[It] makes a major contribution to l8th-century studies as well as music.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780964031753
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Series: Isham Library Papers Series , #22
  • Pages: 427
  • Sales rank: 950,934
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Forrest Kelly is Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music at Harvard University.

Sean Gallagher is Visiting Associate Professor of Music at Boston University.

Elaine R. Sisman is Associate Professor of Music, Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

Eighteenth-Century Music in its Intellectual Contexts

The German Eighteenth Century: Marking Time
David Blackbourn, Harvard University

Fundamenta Partiturae: Thorough-Bass and Foundations of Eighteenth-Century Composition Pedagogy
Thomas Christensen, University of Chicago

Mishmash or Synthesis? On the Psychagogic Form of The Creation
Hermann Danuser, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Six of One: The Opus Concept in the Eighteenth Century
Elaine Sisman, Columbia University

Composing and Hearing Music in the Eighteenth Century

Bach’s Passions and the Textures of Time
John Butt, University of Glasgow

Bach and Hypocrisy: Appearance and Truth in Cantatas 136 and 179
Eric Chafe, Brandeis University

Tartini and his Texts
Sergio Durate, Università di Padova

Sources and Transmission

The Evolution of “Und wenn die Welt voll Teufel wär” BWV 80/5
Daniel R. Melamed, Indiana University

Bach and Mozart: From the Perspective of Different Documentary Evidence
Hans-Joachim Schulze, Bach-Archiv Leipzig

On Johann Sebastian Bach’s Creative Process: Observations from His Drafts and Sketches
Peter Wollny, Bach-Archiv Leipzig

One More Time: Mozart and His Cadenzas
Neal Zaslaw, Cornell University

Issues in Historiography

On Ancient Languages: The Historical Idiom in the Music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ulrich Konrad, Institut für Musikwissenschaft der Universität Würzburg

Eighteenth-Century Music as a Socio-Political Metaphor?
Reinhard Strohm, University of Oxford

The Century of Handel and Haydn
James Webster, Cornell University

Mozart’s Fantasy, Haydn’s Caprice: What’s in a Name?
Gretchen Wheelock, Eastman School of Music

Interpreting Eighteenth-Century Music

The Clavier Speaks
Christopher Hogwood, Academy of Ancient Music

Ten Years of Bach Cantatas
Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir

Mozart’s Working Methods in the Piano Concertos
Robert Levin, Harvard University

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