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This book offers new interpretations of many of Bach's late compositions which include complex musical techniques such as canon. These techniques held great significance for Bach and his contemporaries not only on account of the great skill they demanded but because of the meanings attached to them. Intricate musical devices were crucial to the Lutheran rituals of death and dying, to alchemy, to Enlightenment philosophies of stylistic change and musical progress, to musical representations of political power, and to the legacy of Bach into our own time.
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"...a fascinating glimpse into the use of counterpoint in Bach's music and the implications that technique had in a time when it was rapidly disappearing in favor of newer styles." Music Educators JournalSee more reviews
"This fascinating study explores the significance of Johann Sebastian Bach's learned counterpoint... A significant new voice in Bach studies. Essential." Choice
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- Date Published: November 2008
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521090995
- length: 276 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.41kg
- contains: 31 b/w illus. 65 music examples
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Vor deinen Thron and the art of dying
2. The alchemy of Bach's Canons
3. Bach's taste for pork and canary
4. The autocratic regimes of A Musical Offering
5. Bach the machine
6. Physiognomies of Bach's counterpoint.
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