About Bach

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-07-03
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr

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That Johann Sebastian Bach is a pivotal figure in the history of Western music is hardly news, and the magnitude of his achievement is so immense that it can be difficult to grasp. InAbout Bach,fifteen scholars show that Bach's importance extends from choral to orchestral music, from sacred music to musical parodies, and also to his scribes and students, his predecessors and successors. Further, the contributors demonstrate a diversity of musicological approaches, ranging from close studies of Bach's choices of musical form and libretto to wider analyses of the historical and cultural backgrounds that impinged upon his creations and their lasting influence. This volume makes significant contributions to Bach biography, interpretation, pedagogy, and performance.Contributors are Gregory G. Butler, Jen-Yen Chen, Alexander J. Fisher, Mary Dalton Greer, Robert Hill, Ton Koopman, Daniel R. Melamed, Michael Ochs, Mark Risinger, William H. Scheide, Hans-Joachim Schulze, Douglass Seaton, George B. Stauffer, Andrew Talle, and Kathryn Welter.

Author Biography

Gregory G. Butler is a professor of musicology at the University of British Columbia and the editor of Bach Perspectives, Volume 7: J. S. Bach's Concerted Ensemble Music: The Concerto. George B. Stauffer is a professor of music and Dean of the Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University. He has published seven books, including Bach: The Mass in B Minor. Mary Dalton Greer is the founder and director of the series Cantatas in Context, in collaboration with the Orchestra of St. Luke's. She has taught at Yale and Montclair State University.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Before Bach
A Master Teacher Revealed: Johann Pachelbel's Deutliche Anweisungp. 3
From the House of Aaron to the House of Johann Sebastian: Old Testament Roots for the Bach Family Treep. 15
Bach's Vocal Music
Combinatorial Modeling in the Chorus Movement of Cantata 24, Ein ungefarbt Gemutep. 35
Choral Unison in J.S. Bach's Vocal Musicp. 53
You Say Sabachthani and I Say Asabthani: A St. Matthew Passion Puzzlep. 61
Sein Segen fliesst daher wie ein Strom, BWV Anh. I 14: A Source for Parodied Arias in the B-Minor Mass?p. 69
Bach Circle
Johann Friedrich Schweinitz, "A Disciple of the Famous Herr Bach in Leipzig"p. 81
Johann Christian Bach and the Church Symphonyp. 89
Bach's Instrumental Music
Scribes, Engravers, and Notational Styles: The Final Disposition of Bach's Art of Fuguep. 111
Notes on J.S. Bach and Basso Continuo Realizationp. 125
Music for "Cavaliers et Dames": Bach and the Repertoire of His Collegium Musicump. 135
A Print of Clavierubung I from J.S. Bach's Personal Libraryp. 157
After Bach
Carl Reinecke's Performance of Mozart's Larghetto and the Nineteenth-Century Practice of Quantitative Accentuationp. 171
"Grand Miscellaneous Acts": Observations on Oratorio Performance in London after Haydnp. 181
Back from B-A-C-H: Schumann's Symphony No. 2 in C Majorp. 191
Contributorsp. 207
Indexp. 211
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