Bach: Essays on His Life and Music

Bach: Essays on His Life and Music

by Christoph Wolff

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674059252
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 05/28/1991
Pages: 476
Product dimensions: 7.28(w) x 10.24(h) x (d)

About the Author

Christoph Wolff is Adams University Research Professor at Harvard University.

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

What People are Saying About This

This volume will be useful not only to conductors, performers, and scholars, but to other listeners, myself included, who will be stimulated by it to find ever deeper levels of meaning in Bach's many-splendored genius...Christoph Wolff functions here as a philologist and palaeographer deciphering a complex manuscript, as a biographer contemplating the mysteries of continuity and change in the composer's long and productive career, as a demythologizer reviewing the legends about Bach with which we all grew up, as a social and intellectual historian placing the musical oeuvre into its total context, as a sensitive listener who even after all these years of research has not lost the capacity to hear and admire the miracle that is the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Jaroslav Pelikan

This volume will be useful not only to conductors, performers, and scholars, but to other listeners, myself included, who will be stimulated by it to find ever deeper levels of meaning in Bach's many-splendored genius...Christoph Wolff functions here as a philologist and palaeographer deciphering a complex manuscript, as a biographer contemplating the mysteries of continuity and change in the composer's long and productive career, as a demythologizer reviewing the legends about Bach with which we all grew up, as a social and intellectual historian placing the musical oeuvre into its total context, as a sensitive listener who even after all these years of research has not lost the capacity to hear and admire the miracle that is the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Jaroslav Pelikan, Sterling Professor of History, Yale University, author of Bach Among the Theologians

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