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New Bach Reader : A Life of Johann Sebastian Bach in Letters and Documents

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Summary

Through hundreds of letters, family papers, anecdotes, and records, the Bach Reader established a new approach to biography by offering original documents in impeccable translations. In The New Bach Reader, Christoph Wolff has incorporated numerous facsimiles and added many newly discovered items, reflecting the current state of scholarship about the composer's life and music. The readings in this volume provide an accurate and vivid picture of Bach's world and of his far-reaching influence.

Table of Contents

Part I. Johann Sebastian Bach: A Portrait in Outline
Background, Career, and Personality
3(6)
Heritage and Achievement
9(7)
Attitude toward the Art of Music
16(15)
Part II. Bach's Life in His Own Writings and Other Documents
EISENACH (1685--1695) 31(3)
Bach's Father, Johann Ambrosius Bach, Gives a Public Performance (1672)
31(1)
Report from the Eisenach town chronicle
31(1)
Eisenach Church Records on Bach and His Parents (1685--1695)
31(1)
Bach's baptism
31(1)
Burial of Bach's mother, Maria Elisabeth Bach, nee Lammerhirt
31(1)
Remarriage of Bach's father, to Barbara Margaretha, nee Keul
32(1)
Burial of Bach's father
32(1)
Bach Attends the Latin School in Eisenach (1693--1695)
32(1)
Excerpts from the student registers
32(1)
Bach's Stepmother Worries About Waning Musical Talent in the Family (1695)
32(1)
Excerpt from a petition for a bounty Barbara Margaretha Bach, widow of Johann Ambrosius
32(2)
OHRDRUF (1695--1700) 34(3)
Bach Attends the Lyceum, 1696--1700
34(1)
Excerpts from the student registers
34(1)
Bach's Brother Johann Christoph Writes about Himself (1700)
35(1)
J. C. Bach's autobiographical note
35(1)
The Organs at St. Michael's in Ohrdruf
36(1)
Specifications of the organs
36(1)
LUNEBURG AND WEIMAR (1700--1703) 37(3)
Bach Is a Member of the Mettenchor (1700)
37(1)
Excerpt from the Luneburg school records
37(1)
Johann Adam Reinken's Organ at St. Catherine's in Hamburg
38(1)
Specifications of the organ
38(1)
Bach Is Briefly Employed at the Weimar Court (1703)
39(1)
Excerpts from the ducal treasury register
39(1)
ARNSTADT (1703--1707) 40(9)
The Johann Friedrich Wender Organ in the New Church (1703)
40(1)
Specifications of the organ
40(1)
Excerpt from the records of the consistory of the Count of Arnstadt
40(1)
Bach Is Appointed Organist
41(1)
Certificate of Bach's appointment
41(1)
Bach's Salary, 1703--1707
42(1)
Two receipts from the church treasury
42(1)
Bach Composes a Piece of Program Music
42(1)
Capriccio sopra la lontananza de il fratro dilettissimo, BWV 992, movement titles
42(1)
Bach Is Involved in a Brawl (1705)
43(1)
Excerpts from the proceedings of the Arnstadt consistory
43(3)
Bach Has Disciplinary Problems (1706)
46(1)
Rebuke to Bach for his prolonged absence and improper playing
46(1)
Rebuke to Bach for inviting a female visitor into the choir loft
47(2)
MUHLHAUSEN (1707--1708) 49(10)
Bach Is Appointed Organist at St. Blasius's Church (1707)
49(1)
Excerpts from the proceedings of parish meetings
49(1)
Announcement of Bach's appointment
50(1)
Bach Leaves Arnstadt
51(1)
Bach's request for his dismissal
51(1)
Bach assigns his remaining salary to his cousin Johann Ernst Bach
51(1)
Bach Marries Maria Barbara, nee Bach
51(1)
Excerpt from the Arnstadt marriage register
51(1)
Bach's First Publication (1708)
52(1)
Gott ist mein Konig, cantata, BWV 71: title page
52(1)
Bach Is Paid for His Town Council Election Cantatas
52(1)
Excerpts from the town treasury register
52(2)
The Organ of St. Blasius's Church
54(1)
Specifications of the organ
54(1)
Bach's suggested improvements to the organ
55(1)
Bach's ``Project for New Repairs to the Organ''
55(1)
Bach Leaves Muhlhausen
56(1)
Bach's request for his dismissal
56(2)
Bach's dismissal, as recorded in the proceedings of a parish meeting
58(1)
Excerpt from the minutes of St. Blasius's Church on Bach's successor, Johann Friedrich Bach
58(1)
WEIMAR (1708--1717) 59(23)
Bach Is Appointed Court Organist (1708)
59(1)
The duke's order for Bach's salary and compensation
59(1)
Bach's Compensation at Weimar, 1708--1717
60(1)
Monetary present for Bach on his arrival
60(1)
Fees for instrument repairs
60(1)
The duke's order for a salary increase
60(1)
Excerpts from the ``Complete Chamber Accounts from Michaelmas,'' ducal archives
61(2)
The Organ in the Castle Chapel
63(1)
Specifications of the organ
63(1)
Bach's Eldest Son, Wilhelm Friedemann, Is Baptized (1710)
63(1)
Entry in the church records
63(1)
Bach Writes a Testimonial for the Organ Builder Heinrich Nicolaus Trebs (1711)
64(1)
Bach's letter on behalf of Trebs
64(1)
Bach Gives Instruction to the Duke's Page
64(1)
Entries in the private account books of Duke Ernst August
64(1)
Bach Presents a Guest Performance in Weissenfels
64(1)
Excerpt from the state archive
64(1)
Bach Signs an Autograph Album with a Canon
65(1)
Canon for four voices, BWV 1073
65(1)
Bach Auditions in Halle and Turns Down an Appointment
65(1)
Excerpts from the account book of the Church of Our Lady
65(1)
Bach's receipt for travel expenses
66(1)
Text of the proffered agreement
66(2)
Bach's letter requesting changes in the agreement
68(1)
Bach's letter refuting an accusation of unfair dealings
69(1)
Bach Is Promoted to Concertmaster at Weimar (1714)
70(1)
Excerpt from ``Reports concerning the Office of the Princely Court Marshal of Weimar at the Wilhelmsburg''
70(1)
Bach's Day-to-Day Activities at Weimar
71(1)
A note concerning rehearsals
71(1)
A list of the Castle Capelle members
71(1)
Payments for strings and music paper
72(1)
Bach's Son Carl Philipp Emanuel Is Baptized
72(1)
Entry in the records of the Town Church
72(1)
Bach's Son Johann Gottfried Bernhard is Baptized (1715)
73(1)
Entry in the records of the Town Church
73(1)
Bach Receives a Salary Increase
73(1)
Excerpt from the Weimar state archives
73(1)
Bach Examines the New Christoph Cuntzius Organ in Halle (1716)
73(1)
Bach's acknowledgment of the church board's invitation
73(1)
Report on the organ by Johann Kuhnau, Christian Friedrich Rolle and Bach
74(3)
``Menu of the Dinner ... on the Occasion of the Dedication of the New Organ''
77(1)
Reimbursement of travel costs
77(1)
Bach and Johann Anton Weise Write a Testimonial for the Organ Builder Johann Georg Schroter
77(1)
Statement by Bach and Weise on behalf of Schroter
77(1)
Bach Presents a Passion Performance in Gotha (1717)
78(1)
Excerpt from the private ducal account book
78(1)
Excerpt from the ducal account book
78(1)
Accompanying invoice
78(1)
Bach Takes on His Cousin Johann Lorenz Bach as a Student
79(1)
Excerpt from J. L. Bach's letter of application
79(1)
Bach and Louis Marchand Compete at the Dresden Court
79(1)
A later account by Johann Abraham Birnbaum
79(1)
Bach Is Jailed and Unfavorably Dismissed from His Weimar Post
80(1)
Excerpt from the court secretary's report
80(1)
Bach Titles a Collection of Organ Chorales for the Ecclesiastical Year
80(1)
Orgel-Buchlein, BWV 599-644: title page
80(2)
COTHEN (1717--1723) 82(17)
Bach's Salary, 1717--1718
82(1)
Excerpts from the record of the Princely Capelle and trumpeters' wages
82(1)
The Johann Scheibe Organ of St. Paul's Church in Leipzig (1717)
83(1)
Specifications of the organ
83(1)
Bach's report on the organ
83(3)
Receipt for Bach's examination fee
86(1)
Bach Is Reimbursed for Various Expenses (1718--1719)
86(1)
Rent
86(1)
Rehearsals and harpsichord maintenance
86(1)
Visiting musicians
86(1)
Purchase of a harpsichord in Berlin
87(1)
Bach's Son Leopold Augustus Is Baptized, with Noble Godparents Appointed (1718)
87(1)
Excerpt from the Castle Church record
87(1)
Bach Compiles a Collection of Pieces for His Eldest Son (1720)
88(1)
Clavier-Buchlein fur Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: title page
88(1)
Death of Bach's Wife, Maria Barbara
88(1)
Burial notice from the Cothen register of deaths
88(1)
Bach Applies for the Organist's Post at St. Jacobi Church in Hamburg
89(1)
Excerpts from the minutes of St. Jacobi Church
89(2)
Johann Mattheson's later account of the appointment process
91(1)
Bach Assembles the Brandenburg Concertos (1721)
91(1)
Six Concerts avec plusieurs Instruments, BWV 1046--1051: title page
91(1)
Bach's dedication to the Margrave of Brandenburg
92(1)
Bach Visits the Court of Schleiz
93(1)
Excerpts from the court account book
93(1)
Bach Is Married Again, to Anna Magdalena, Nee Wilcke
93(1)
Excerpt from the Castle Church register
93(1)
Salaries for Bach and His Wife, 1721--1723
93(1)
Excerpts from the Cothen Capelle accounts
93(1)
Bach Compiles a Collection of Pieces for His Wife (1722)
94(1)
Clavier-Buchlein fur Anna Magdalena Bach: title page
94(1)
Bach Wards Off a Lawsuit by the Lammerhirt Heirs
94(1)
Bach's petition to the Erfurt town council
94(3)
Bach Completes 24 Preludes and Fugues
97(1)
Das Wohltemperirte Clavier, Book I, BWV 846-869: title page
97(1)
Bach Repairs the Prince's Harpsichords
97(1)
Excerpts from the Cothen Capelle accounts
97(1)
Bach Complies 15 Two-Part Inventions and 15 Three-Part Sinfonias (1723)
97(1)
Inventions and Sinfonias, BWV 772-801: title page
97(2)
LEIPZIG (1732--1730) 99(54)
Bach Is Appointed Cantor and Music Director at St. Thomas's (1723)
99(1)
A summary account from Johann Salomon Riemer's Chronicle of Leipzig
99(1)
Deliberations excerpted from the proceedings of the town council
100(1)
Newspaper report on Bach's audition
101(1)
Letter of Bach's dismissal, from the Prince of Cothen
101(1)
Bach's preliminary pledge to the town council
102(1)
Proceedings of the three councils of Leipzig on Bach's election
102(1)
Notifications of Bach's election
103(1)
Bach's final pledge to the town council
104(1)
The examiner's certificate of Bach's theological competence
105(1)
The Bach Family Moves to Leipzig
106(1)
Report in the Hamburg Staats-und Gelehrte Zeitung on Bach's arrival in Leipzig
106(1)
Bach Is Formally Installed and Commences His Duties
106(1)
Excerpt from Acta Lipsiensium Academica
106(1)
Excerpt from the town council proceedings
106(2)
Report in the Hamburg Relationscourier of Bach's first Leipzig performance
108(1)
Dr. Salomon Deyling's Report on Bach to the consistory
109(1)
The consistory's reply
109(1)
Bach's Income, 1723--1750
110(1)
Excerpts from the Leipzig account books on Bach's salary
110(1)
Excerpts from the Leipzig account books on other compensation paid to Bach
110(2)
Payments to Bach for maintaining church instruments
112(1)
Bach's Oldest Sons, Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel, Are Enrolled in the St. Thomas School
112(1)
Excerpt from the school register
112(1)
Bach Writes a Testimonial for a Student, Georg Gottfried Wagner
112(1)
Bach's statement on behalf of Wagner
112(1)
Bach Performs at Services in Leipzig for the First Sunday in Advent
113(1)
``Order of the Divine Service in Leipzig'' for November 28, 1723
113(1)
On Passion Performances in Leipzig, 1722--1738
114(1)
Entries in the diary of St. Thomas's sexton, Johann Christoph Rost
114(2)
Excerpts from the proceedings of the council
116(1)
Flier announcing the change of a performance site
116(1)
Bach and His Wife Present Guest Performances at the Cothen Court, 1724--1728
117(1)
Excerpts from the court account books
117(1)
Bach Gives Two Organ Recitals at St. Sophia's in Dresden
117(1)
Report in the Hamburg Relationscourier, September 27, 1725
117(1)
Bach Fights a Worshipful University (1724--1725)
118(1)
Three letters of complaint to the king
118(7)
The king's decision
125(1)
Bach Writes to a Former Schoolmate, Georg Erdmann (1726)
125(1)
Bach's letter to Erdmann
125(1)
Bach Writes a Testimonial for an Organist, Jacob Ernst Hubner
126(1)
Bach's letter on behalf of Hubner
126(1)
Bach Finds a New Cantor, Georg Gottfried Wagner, for the Town of Plauen
126(1)
Bach's acknowledgment of the council's request
126(1)
Bach's report of finding a suitable candidate
127(1)
Bach's inquiry about the council's decision
128(1)
Bach's letter of introduction for Wagner
128(1)
Bach Publishes His First Instrumental Work
129(1)
Clavier-Ubung, Part I, BWV 825: title page
129(1)
A dedicatory poem to the newborn prince, Emanuel Ludwig
129(2)
Bach Writes Testimonials for a Musician, Christoph Gottlob Wecker (1727--1729)
131(1)
Bach's letter of recommendation for Wecker
131(1)
Bach's cover letter to Wecker sent with a testimonial
131(1)
Bach's testimonial on behalf of Wecker
132(1)
Bach Composes a Cantata, BWV Anh. 9, for the Birthday of King August II (1727)
133(1)
Excerpts from Christoph Ernst Sicul's Das frohlockende Leipzig
133(1)
Bach Composes a Canon for Ludwig Friedrich Hudemann
134(1)
Canon for four voices, BWV 1074
134(1)
Bach Writes a Testimonial for a Student, Friedrich Gottlieb Wild
134(1)
Bach's testimonial on behalf of Wild
134(1)
Bach Composes an Ode of Mourning, BWV 198, for Queen Christiane Eberhardine
135(1)
A statement Bach refused to sign
135(1)
A report on the performance, in Christoph Ernst Sicul's Das thranende Leipzig
136(3)
Bach Insists on Choosing The Hymns for the Service (1729)
139(1)
Excerpt from the Cothen court accounts
139(1)
Bach Distributes Publications by Colleagues
139(1)
Excerpt from the Leipzig Post-Zeitungen
139(1)
Proposals for Admission to the St. Thomas School
140(1)
A letter from Dr. Christian Ludwig Stieglitz, school board chairman
140(1)
Exhibit B: Bach's report
140(1)
Exhibit C: An amendment by Bach
141(1)
Exhibit D: Organization of the St. Thomas Choir
141(1)
Two additions by Bach to his report
142(1)
Bach Composes Service Music for the Town Council Election
142(1)
Excerpt from the files of the town scribe
142(1)
Bach Writes a Testimonial for a Student, Johann Gottlieb Grahl
142(1)
Bach's testimonial on behalf of Grahl
142(1)
Bach Writes a Testimonial for Johann Christian Weyrauch (1730)
143(1)
Bach's testimonial on behalf of Weyrauch
143(1)
The Consistory Forbid the use of Unfamiliar Hymns
143(1)
The consistory's letter to Dr. Deyling
143(1)
Bach Is Reproached, and He Responds at Length
144(1)
Excerpts from the minutes of the council meetings
144(1)
Bach's ``Short But Most Necessary Draft for a Well-Appointed Church Music''
145(6)
Bach Seeks Another Position
151(1)
Bach's letter to Georg Erdmann, Imperial Russian Residence agent in Danzig
151(2)
LEIPZIG (1731--1740) 153(57)
Bach Writes Two Testimonials (1731)
153(1)
Bach's testimonial on behalf of Johann Adolph Scheibe
153(1)
Bach's testimonial on behalf of Johann Christoph Dorn
153(1)
Bach Publishes Partitas Nos. 1--6
154(1)
Clavier--Ubung, Part I, BWV 825--830: title page
154(1)
Bach Receives Liquor Tax Revenues (1732)
155(1)
Bach's receipt to the liquor tax collector
155(1)
Bach Examines a Rebuilt Organ in Kassel
155(1)
Excerpt from the Kassel Polizey--und Commerzienzeitung
155(1)
Excerpt from the account books
155(1)
Bach Holds Collegium Musicum Concerts (1733)
156(1)
Announcement from the Nachricht auch Frag u. Anzeiger, Leipzig
156(1)
Special announcement of the resumption of concerts following a mourning period
156(1)
Bach Dedicates His Mass in B Minor to the Dresden Court and Asks the Elector to Grant Him a Title
156(1)
Missa (Kyrie and Gloria), BWV 232: performing parts, title wrapper
156(2)
Bach's letter accompanying the Mass
158(1)
Bach Joins with the Organist and Rector in Prostesting the Nonpayment of Fees
159(1)
Letter from Bach, Johann Schneider, and Johann Matthias Gesner to the council
159(1)
Letter from Bach, Schneider, and Gesner to the consistory
160(1)
Bach Annotates His Bible
161(1)
Excerpts from Bach's marginal comments in his copy of Abraham Calov's edition of the Lutheran Bible
161(1)
Bach Composes a Perpetual Canon (1734)
162(1)
Canon for two voices, BWV 1075
162(1)
Bach Writes a Testimonial for a Student, Paul Christian Stolle
162(1)
Bach's testimonial on behalf of Stolle
162(1)
Lorenz Cristoph Mizler Dedicates His Academic Thesis to Bach and Others
163(1)
Mizler's dedication
163(1)
Excerpt from Mizler's preface
163(1)
Bach's Collegium Musicum Celebrates the King's Name Day
163(1)
Announcement in the Leipziger Zeitungen
163(1)
Bach Performs a Drama per Musica before the King and Queen
164(1)
Preise dein Glucke, gesegnetes Sachsen, cantata, BWV 215: printed text, title page
164(1)
Bach's receipt for his payment
164(1)
Report of the festivities in the Leipzig town chronicle
164(3)
Bach Publishes His French Overture and Italian Concerto (1735)
167(1)
Clavier-Ubung, Part II, BWV 831 and 971: title page
167(1)
Bach Writes to Muhlhausen on Behalf of His Son Johann Gottfried Bernhard
167(1)
Bach's letter to Tobias Rothschier, senior of the town council
167(2)
Bach's letter to Burgomaster Christian Petri
169(1)
Bach Writes a Testimonial for a Student, Johann Ludwig Krebs
170(1)
Bach's testimonial on behalf of Krebs
170(1)
Bach Composes and Arranges the Music for a Published Hymnal (1736)
170(1)
Musicalisches Gesang-Buch of Georg Christian Schemelli (Leipzig, 1736): title page
170(1)
Excerpt from Schemelli's preface
170(2)
Bach Disputes Rector Johann Heinrich Ernesti About the Right to Appoint the Prefects
172(1)
A later summary account from Johann Friedrich Kohler's Historia Scholarum Lipsiensium
172(1)
Bach's first complaint to the Leipzig town council
172(1)
Bach's second complaint to the council
173(2)
Bach's third complaint to the council
175(1)
Ernesti's reply to the council
176(6)
Bach's fourth complaint to the council
182(1)
Ernesti's rebuttal of Bach's third complaint
183(2)
Bach Holds Weekly Concerts at Zimmermann's Coffeehouse
185(1)
``Announcement of the Musical Concerts at Leipzig'' in Lorenz Christoph Mizler's Neu eroffnete Musikalische Bibliothek
185(1)
Bach Writes to Sangerhausen on Behalf of His Son Johann Gottfried Bernhard
186(1)
Bach's first letter to the Sangerhausen town council
186(1)
Bach's second letter to the Sangerhausen town council
187(1)
Bach Is Appointed Royal Court Composer
188(1)
``Certificate for Johann Sebastian Bach as compositeur to the royal court orchestra''
188(1)
Bach Plays an Ogan Recital in Dresden
188(1)
Excerpt from the Dresdner Nachrichten
188(1)
Bach's Dispute with Ernesti Continues (1737)
189(1)
Decree of the town council
189(1)
Bach's first appeal to the consistory
190(2)
Bach's second appeal to the consistory
192(2)
Bach's appeal to the king
194(1)
The king's decree
195(1)
Bach Writes Testimonials for a Student, Bernhard Dietrich Ludewig
196(1)
Bach's first testimonial on behalf of Ludewig
196(1)
Bach's second testimonial on behalf of Ludewig
196(1)
Bach Presents a Cantata for the Visit of the King and the Betrothal of Princess Amalia (1738)
197(1)
Excerpt from Johann Salomon Riemer's Chronicle of Leipzig
197(1)
Willkommen! Ihr herrschenden Gotter der Erden, cantata, BWV Anh. 13: printed text, title page
197(2)
Bach's receipt for his payment
199(1)
Johann Elias Bach Orders Gifts for Bach and his Wife, Anna Magdalena
199(1)
J. E. Bach's letter, from his correspondence book
199(1)
Bach Writes About Debts Incurred by his Son Johann Gottfried Bernhard
200(1)
Bach's letter to Johann Friedrich Klemm
200(1)
Bach's letter to Anna Margarete Klemm
201(1)
Bach Publishes a Collection of Organ Works
202(1)
Johann Elias Bach's invitation for subscribers
202(1)
Clavier-Ubung, Part III, BWV 552, 669--689, and 802--805: title page
202(1)
Collegium Musicum Is Defined, with a Reference to Bach
203(1)
Entry in Johann Heinrich Zedler's Grosses Universal Lexicon
203(1)
Bach Is Cautioned by the Council about a Passion Performance
204(1)
Excerpt from the Leipzig town council archives
204(1)
Bach's Cousin and Private Secretary, Johann Elias Bach, Corresponds
204(1)
Excerpt from a letter to Johann Wilhelm Koch
204(1)
Invitation to Koch, on behalf of Bach, to attend a performance
204(1)
Excerpt from a letter asking his sister to send wine for Bach
205(1)
Excerpt from a thank-you letter, on behalf of Bach, to Johann Leberecht Schneider
205(1)
Excerpt from a second thank-you letter to J.L. Schneider
206(1)
Bach Writes Out Through-Bass Rules (1740--1745)
206(1)
``Some Most Necessary Rules of Thorough Bass by J.S.B.''
206(1)
Bach Reports on Candidates for an Assistant's Post at the St. Thomas School (1740)
207(1)
Bach's report
207(1)
Bach Writes a Testimonial for a Student, Christian Friedrich Schemelli
208(1)
Bach's testimonial on behalf of Schemelli
208(1)
Johann Elias Bach Corresponds Further
208(1)
Letter to Cantor Johann Georg Hille inquiring about a songbird
208(1)
Excerpt from a letter to Simon von Meyer acknowledging a gift of carnations for Anna Magdalena Bach
209(1)
LEIPZIG (1741--1751) 210(51)
Bach on Lending Out Music (1741)
210(1)
Excerpt from a letter of Johann Elias Bach to Johann Wilhelm Koch, January 28, 1741
210(1)
Bach Resolves a Canon by Teodoro Riccio
211(1)
Resolution of a puzzle canon
211(1)
Bach Acknowledges a Gift of Venison from Johann Leberecht Schneider
211(1)
Bach's letter to Schneider
211(1)
Anna Magdalena Bach Falls Ill
212(1)
Johann Elias Bach's letter informing Bach of his wife's illness
212(1)
Johann Elias Bach's letter updating Bach on his wife's condition
213(1)
Anna Magdalena Bach's letter of regret to Johann Leberecht Schneider
213(1)
Bach's Goldberg Variations are Published
214(1)
Clavier-Ubung, Part IV, Aria mit verschiedenen Veraenderungen, BWV 988: title page
214(2)
Bach Is Thanked by His Cousin Johann Elias Bach (1742)
216(1)
J. E. Bach's letter to Bach
216(1)
Bach Completes 24 More Preludes and Fugues
216(1)
Das Wohltemperirte Clavier, Book II, BWV 870--893: title page
216(2)
Bach Participates in a Book Auction
218(1)
Auction receipt
218(1)
Bach Performs Services under Terms of the Nathan Legacy
218(1)
Bach's receipt for memorial service payment
218(1)
Bach's receipt for St. Sabina's Day funeral song
218(1)
Bach Writes Testimonials for Two Students (1742--1743)
219(1)
Bach's testimonial on behalf of Johann Georg Heinrich
219(1)
Bach's testimonial on behalf of Christian Gottlob Wunsch
219(1)
Bach Receives Liquor Tax Revenues (1743)
220(1)
Bach's receipt to the liquor tax collector
220(1)
Bach Auditions Carl Friedrich Pfaffe for Assistant Town Piper (1745)
220(1)
Bach's report on Pfaffe
220(1)
Bach Examines the New Johann Scheibe Organ in Zschortau (1746)
221(1)
Bach's report on the organ
221(1)
Bach Examines the Zacharias Hildebrandt Organ of St. Wenceslas's in Naumburg
221(1)
Report on the organ, by Bach and Gottfried Silbermann
221(1)
Bach Composes a Canon on the Harmonic Triad
222(1)
Canon for eight voices, BWV 1072
222(1)
Bach's ``Schubler'' Chorales for Organ Are Published (1746)
223(1)
Sechs Chorale, BWV 645--650: title page
223(1)
Bach Visits Frederick the Great (1747)
224(1)
Report in the Spenersche Zeitung, Berlin
224(1)
Bach Writes a Testimonial for Johann Christoph Altnickol
224(1)
Bach's testimonial on behalf of Altnickol
224(1)
Bach Joins the Society for Musical Sciences and Composes Two Works for the Society
225(1)
Report in Lorenz Christoph Mizler's Neu-eroffnete musikalische Bibliothek
225(1)
Canon for six voices, BWV 1076
225(1)
Einige canonische Veraenderungen uber das WeynachtLied, ``Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her,'' BWV 769: title page
226(1)
Bach Publishes the Musical Offering, Dedicated to Frederick the Great
226(1)
Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079: title page
226(1)
Bach's dedication
226(2)
Entry in Johann Gottlob Immanuel Breitkopf's account books
228(1)
Excerpt from a letter by Lorenz Christoph Mizler to Meinrad Spiess
228(1)
Publication announcement in the Extract der eingelauffenen Nouvellen
229(1)
Bach Leases a Clavier to a Nobleman and Provides Lessons
229(1)
Two Bach receipts for loan payments
229(1)
Bach's receipt for a lesson
230(1)
Bach Dedicates a Canon to Johann Gottfried Fulde
230(1)
Canon for five voices, BWV 1077
230(1)
Bach Writes More Testimonials for Johann Christoph Altinickol (1748)
231(1)
Bach's testimonial on behalf of Altnickol
231(1)
Bach's letter to the Naumburg town council recommending Altnickol
231(1)
Bach's letter to the burgomaster of Naumburg recommending Altnickol
232(1)
Bach Writes a Testimonial for the Organ Builder Heinrich Andreas Cuntzius
233(1)
Bach's testimonial on behalf of Cuntzius
233(1)
Bach Waits Impatiently for a Harpsichord from Johann Georg Martius
233(1)
Bach's dunning letter to Martius
233(1)
Bach Writes to Johann Elias Bach
234(1)
Bach's letter concerning a copy of the ``Prussian Fugue''
234(1)
Bach's letter concerning a cask of wine
234(2)
Bach Composes Two Canons for Autograph Albums (1749)
236(1)
Canon for seven voices, BWV 1078
236(1)
Canon for two voices, BWV 1086
236(2)
Bach Receives a Commission from Count Johann Adam von Questenberg
238(1)
Excerpt from a letter to the count from Franz Ernst Wallis
238(1)
Bach Sells a Fortepiano
239(1)
Bach's receipt for his payment
239(1)
Bach Writes Testimonials for a Student, Johann Nathanael Bammler
239(1)
Bach's first statement on behalf of Bammler, from the town archive, Eilenburg
239(1)
Bach's second statement on behalf of Bammler, from the town archive, Eilenburg
239(1)
Gottlob Harrer Is Suggested as a Successor to Bach
240(1)
Letter of introduction from Count Heinrich von Bruhl for Harrer
240(1)
Excerpt from Johann Salomon Riemer's Chronicle of Leipzing on Harrer's trial performance
240(1)
Bach Thanks Count Wilhelm of Schaumburg-Lippe In Buckeburg for a Memento
241(1)
Bach's letter thanking the count
241(1)
Bach Supports Johann Georg Schroter in a Conflict with Rector Johann Gottlieb Biedermann
241(1)
Excerpt from a communication by Georg Friedrich Einike, cantor and music director at Frankenhausen
241(2)
Bach Undergoes Eye Surgery (1750)
243(1)
Reports in the Berliner Privilegirte Zeitung
243(1)
Excerpt from The History of the Travels and Adventures of the Chevalier Taylor, Ophthalmiater, describing the operation
244(1)
Bach's Death
244(1)
Excerpt from the Leipzig burial register
244(1)
Announcement read from the pulpit of St. Thomas's
244(1)
Death notice from the Spenersche Zeitung, Berlin
245(1)
Bach's Successor as Cantor Is Chosen and Installed
245(1)
Excerpts from the proceedings of the Leipzig town council
245(2)
Excerpt from Johann Salomon Riemer's Chronicle of Leipzig on the installation of the new cantor
247(1)
Bach's Widow, Anna Magdalena, Petitions the Leipzig Town Council and the University
248(1)
Anna Magdalena Bach's petition to the council for a death benefit
248(1)
Anna Magdalena Bach's first petition to the university for guardianship of her children
248(1)
Anna Magdalena Bach's second petition to the university for guardianship of her children
249(1)
Bach's Estate
250(1)
``Specification of the Estate Left by the Late Mr. Johann Sebastian Bach''
250(6)
Bach's Art of Fugue Is Published Posthumously (1751)
256(1)
A note written on the proof sheets by Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach
256(1)
Avertissement by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach in the Critische Nachrichten aus dem Reiche der Gelehrsamkeit
256(2)
Publication announcement by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach in the Leipziger Zeitungen
258(1)
Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080: title pages
258(1)
``Notice'' on the back of the title page of the first edition
258(2)
A later note appended by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach to the unfinished fugue
260(1)
BACH'S MUSIC MANUSCRIPTS 261(259)
Introductory Note
261(1)
Facsimiles
262(1)
Wie scbon leuchtet der Morgenstern, organ chorale prelude, BWV 739 (1705 or earlier)
263(1)
Gott ist mein Konig, cantata, BWV 71 (1708)
264(1)
Ich hatte viel Bekummernis, cantata, BWV 21 (1714)
265(1)
Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn, cantata, BWV 132 (1715)
266(1)
Sonata in G Minor for Violin Solo, BWV 1001 (1720)
267(1)
Magnificat, in E-flat Major, BWV 243a (1723)
268(1)
Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen, cantata, BWV 65 (1724)
269(1)
Suite in G Minor for Lute, BWV 995 (c. 1727--1732)
270(1)
Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf, motet, BWV 226 (1729)
271(1)
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244, second version (1736)
272(1)
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, Prelude in G Minor, BWV 885/1 (1739--1742)
273(1)
Mass in B Minor, Symbolum Nicenum, BWV 232 (1748--1749)
274(1)
The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: unfinished fugue (1748--1749)
275(1)
Trio Sonata in C Major for Organ, BWV 529: copied by Anna Magdalena Bach (c. 1727)
276(1)
Himmelskonig, sei willkommen, cantata, BWV 182 (Leipzig version): alto part, copied by Johann Andreas Kuhnau (1724)
277(1)
Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir, cantata, BWV 130: alto part, copied by Christian Gottlieb Meissner (1724)
278(4)
Part III. Early Biographical Documents on Bach
Genealogy
281(1)
Introductory Note
281(1)
The Historical Bach Family Tree: two versions
282(1)
``Origin of the Musical Bach Family'': genealogical notes by Bach, with additions by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and others
283(11)
Biographical Accounts
294(1)
``Bach (Joh. Sebastian),'' entry in Johann Gottfried Walther's Musicalisches Lexicon (1732)
294(1)
Manuscript additions in Walther's personal copy of his Lexicon
295(2)
Obituary (1750/1754)
295(2)
Introductory Note
295(2)
``The World-Famous Organist, Mr. Johann Sebastian Bach, Royal Polish and Electoral Saxon Court Composer, and Music Director in Leipzig'' obituary by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Johann Friedrich Agricola
297(14)
Part IV. Bach as Viewed His Contemporaries
Poems of Praise
311(1)
``A pleasant brook''
311(1)
Johann Gottlob Kittel
``If in dim ages past''
312(1)
Ludwig Friedrich Hudemann
``O day, come often!'' an anonymous birthday poem (c. 1735)
312(1)
``Vivat: J S B,'' an anonymous congratulatory poem engraved on a crystal goblet
313(1)
``Sonnet on the Late Cappelmeister Bach''
313(5)
Georg Philipp Telemann
Bach The Teacher
314(4)
Introductory Note: An Overview of Bach's Pupils
314(4)
Studying with Bach in Weimar: excerpts from the files of the Augsburg Evangelical Scholarchat on Philipp David Krauter (1711--1713)
318(2)
Excerpt from a letter of application for an organist post in Gorlitz
320(1)
Johann Caspar Vogler
On Bach's teaching of composition
320(1)
Johann Philipp Kirnberger
The education of Bach's pupil Heinrich Nicolaus Gerber
321(1)
Ernst Ludwig Gerber
Johann Philipp Kirnberger and Bach
322(1)
Friedrich Ludwig Aemilius Kunzen
Johann Friedrich Reichardt
A reminiscence by the last of Bach's pupils
323(1)
Johann Christian Kittel
Reports and Reviews
323(1)
Introductory Note
323(1)
The first reference to Bach in print, from Das beschutzte Orchestre
324(1)
Johann Mattheson
On Bach's declamation
325(1)
Johann Mattheson
On Bach the keyboard player
325(1)
Georg Ludwig Heinrich Schwanenberger
On Bach, Frescobaldi, and Carissimi, and on three famous B's (Buxtehude, Bachelbel, and Bach)
325(1)
Martin Heinrich Fuhrmann
On holdings of Buxtehude and Bach manuscripts
326(1)
Johann Gottfried Walther
On the difficulty of partita by Graupner and Bach
326(1)
Johann Mattheson
On large-scale Passion music
326(1)
Christian Gerber
On the German style in clavier music
327(1)
Johann Adolph Scheibe
On a fugue subject by Bach
327(1)
Johann Mattheson
On Bach's thorough-bass playing
328(1)
Lorenz Christoph Mizler
On Bach's playing and conducting
328(1)
Johann Matthias Gesner
On Bach's canon for Hudemann
329(1)
Johann Mattheson
On the greatest masters of the organ
330(1)
Johann Mattheson
On the Italian Concerto
331(1)
Johann Adolph Scheibe
On florid expression
332(1)
Johann Adolph Scheibe
On Part III of the Clavier-Ubung
333(1)
Lorenz Christoph Mizler
On meeting Bach
333(1)
Johann Francisci
On traveling to Leipzig to hear Bach
333(1)
Johann Balthasar Reimann
On Bach warming up
333(1)
Theodor Leberecht Pitschel
On being acquainted with Bach
334(1)
Johann Christian Voigt
On Bach's pedal playing
334(1)
Constantin Bellermann
A dedication to Bach, from the Third Half-Dozen Sonatinas for the Clavier
335(1)
Georg Andreas Sorge
On Bach's instructions for playing chorales
336(1)
Johann Gotthilf Ziegler
On Bach's criticism of Gottfried Silbermann's system of temperament
336(1)
Georg Andreas Sorge
On Bach's adroitness in preluding chorales, from the preface to the First Part of Preludes to Well-Known Chorale Tunes
336(2)
Georg Andreas Sorge
Criticism and Defense: A Controversy
337(1)
Introductory Note
337(1)
``Letter from an Able Musikant Abroad''
338(1)
Johann Adolph Scheibe
``Impartial Comments on a Questionable Passage in the Sixth Number of Der Critische Musicus''
338(10)
Johann Abraham Birnbaum
A reply
348(1)
Scheibe
Refutations of Scheibe
349(1)
Lorenz Christoph Mizler
A satire, by ``Cornelius'' [Scheibe] (1739)
350(2)
A summary account of the controversy
352(5)
Christoph Gottlieb Schroter
Part V. Bach in the Second Half of the Eighteenth Century
General Accounts and Critical Estimates
357(1)
Introductory Note
357(1)
On the merits of Bach
357(1)
Johann Friedrich Agricola
On Bach's eminence in the development of organ playing
358(1)
Johann Joachim Quantz
On strict and free fugue
359(1)
Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg
On keyboard fingering
359(1)
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Dedication for the Treatise on the Fugue, Part II
360(1)
Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg
On the depth of Bach's compositional art
361(1)
Johann Michael Schmidt
On Bach's thorough-bass playing
362(1)
Johann Friedrich Daube
On Bach's organ chorales
362(1)
Jakob Adlung
Bach's views on variety and declamation in fugal composition
363(1)
Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg
Notes quoting Bach in Jakob Adlung's Musica mechanica organoedi
364(2)
Johann Friedrich Agricola
On Bach's renown
366(1)
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
King Frederick's recollection of Bach's visit
366(1)
Gottfried van Swieten
On Bach's four-part writing
367(1)
Johann Philipp Kirnberger
On Bach's contrapuntal daring
367(1)
Johann Philipp Kirnberger
On Bach's tuning
368(1)
Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg
On Bach's invention of the viola pomposa
368(1)
Johann Nikolaus Forkel
Reminiscences of the Bach family and the Collegium Musicum
369(1)
Jacob von Stahlin
On Bach's significance
369(2)
Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart
On a performance in Hamburg of the Credo from Bach's B Minor Mass
371(1)
Carl Friedrich Cramer
On the compositional styles of Bach and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
371(1)
Carl Friedrich Abel
On the fugues of Handel and Bach
372(1)
Charles Burney
On Bach composing without use of a keyboard
372(1)
Ernst Ludwig Gerber
On Bach's pedal technique
372(1)
Ernst Ludwig Gerber
On Bach's keyboard and vocal works
373(1)
Johann Friedrich Reichardt
On Bach's central position among German composers
373(2)
Augustus Frederic Christopher Kollamann
Johann Nikolaus Forkel
On The Art of Fugue
374(1)
Introductory Note
374(1)
Preface to the 1752 edition
375(2)
Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg
A laudatory note
377(1)
Johann Mattheson
An offer to publishers for the plates
377(1)
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
On the whereabouts of the remainder of the autograph
378(1)
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
On the Four-Part Chorales
378(1)
Introductory Note
378(1)
Foreword to the first edition
379(1)
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
``Note to the Public''
380(1)
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Excerpt from a letter of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach to Johann Philipp Kirnberger
380(1)
Excerpts from five letters of Johann Philipp Kirnberger to Johann Gottlob Immanuel Breitkopf (1777--1783)
381(2)
Subscription notice
383(1)
Johann Gottlob Immanuel Breitkopf
A supportive announcement of the publication
384(1)
Johann Friedrich Reichardt
Foreword to the second edition
384(1)
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
On the Transmission and Dissemination of Manuscripts and Prints
385(1)
Introductory Note
385(1)
Excerpt from a letter of Padre Giovanni Battista Martini to Johannes Baptist Pauli, listing manuscripts and prints (1750)
385(2)
Excerpt from the will of Johann Caspar Vogler (1766)
387(1)
Excerpt from a letter of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach to Christoph Gottlieb von Murr, offering chorale preludes (after 1765)
387(1)
Note mentioning Bachiana at Montecassion
387(1)
Christian Traugott Weinlig
Excerpts from letters of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach to Johann Nikolaus Forkel, offering manuscripts and original editions (1774)
388(1)
Note from James Hutton presenting an autograph of the Goldberg Variations to Mr. Glen (1776)
388(1)
Excerpt from a letter of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach to Johann Joachim Eschenburg, asking him to auction off music and books (1778)
389(1)
Four letters of Johann Nikolaus Forkel to the Leipzig publisher Hoffmeister & Kuhnel (1801--1803)
389(6)
Letters of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach to Johann Nikolaus Forkel
395(1)
Excerpts from three letters concerning portraits and music of Bach (1774)
395(1)
Letter on Bach's personal and artistic traits
396(2)
Letter answering questions about Bach (1775)
398(3)
A Comparison of Bach and Handel
400(1)
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Introductory Note
400(1)
``Excerpt from a letter of February 27, 1788''
401(8)
Anecdotes
409(1)
Bach and the herrings
409(1)
Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg
The unknown organist
410(1)
Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg
A strange accomplishment
410(1)
Charles Burney
Bach teases Gottfried Silbermann
410(1)
Edward John Hopkins
The musical beggars
411(1)
Johann Friedrich Reichardt
The unresolved dissonance
411(1)
Johann Friedrich Reichardt
Bach and the bungler
411(1)
Carl Ludwig Hilgenfeldt
Bach replies to compliments on his organ playing
412(1)
Johann Friedrich Kohler
A maxim
412(1)
Johann Philipp Kirnberger
Io son' organista, too
412(1)
Carl Friedrich Zelter
The linen draper and the portrait of Bach
412(1)
Carl Friedrich Zelter
Johann Christian and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
413(1)
Johann Friedrich Reichardt
Bach on his sons
413(9)
Carl Friedrich Cramer
Part VI. Forkel's Biography of Bach
On Johann Sebastian Bach's Life, Genius, and Works
417(2)
Johann Nikolaus Forkel
Introductory Note
417(2)
Preface
419(3)
The Bach Family
422(3)
Bach's Life
425(6)
Bach the Clavier Player
431(6)
Bach the Organist
437(4)
Bach's Harmony
441(5)
Bach's Melody
446(6)
Bach the Teacher
452(7)
Bach's Character
459(3)
Bach's Works
462(12)
Bach the Reviser of His Own Works
474(2)
The Spirit of Bach
476(12)
Figures
480(6)
Part VII. Bach in the Romantic Era
Introductory Note
485(1)
The Story of Bach's Fame
486(2)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
488(1)
Ludwig van Beethoven
489(2)
Carl Czerny
491(1)
Friedrich Rochlitz
492(1)
Samuel Wesley and Carl Friedrich Horn
492(7)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Carl Friedrich Zelter
499(1)
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
500(1)
Robert Schumann
501(2)
The Bach-Gesellschaft
503(1)
Hector Berlioz and Friedrich Nietzsche
504(1)
Richard Wagner
504(1)
Philipp Spitta
505(1)
The First Edition of the Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1818)
506(1)
Subscription announcement
506(3)
Hans Georg Nageli
Mendelssohn Revives the St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (1829)
508(1)
Introductory Note
508(1)
Excerpt from My Recollections
509(11)
Eduard Devrient
An American Visits the Bach Sites in Leipzig (1852)
519(1)
Introductory Note
519(1)
Three ``Letters from Abroad''
520
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