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The Cambridge Companion to Bach

The Cambridge Companion to Bach

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Malcolm Boyd, Ulrich Siegele, Robin A. Leaver, John Butt, Stephen A. Crist, Werner Breig, Richard D. P. Jones, Laurence Dreyfus, Stephen Daw, George B. Stauffer, Martin Zenck
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  • Date Published: June 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521587808

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  • The Cambridge Companion to Bach goes beyond a basic life-and-works study to provide a late-twentieth-century perspective on J. S. Bach the man and composer. Benefiting from the insights and research of some of the most distinguished Bach scholars, this Companion covers cultural, social and religious contexts, surveys and analyzes Bach's compositional style, traces his influence, and considers the performance and reception of his music through the succeeding generations.

    • Provides comprehensive and indispensable background to thought and composition in Bach's day
    • Includes theories of how and why Bach's achievement has been influential
    • Contains new ways of understanding Bach's achievement and analysing and understanding the music
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This present collection of essays is far from being a rehash of what is already easily accessible in other sources, but sheds new light on known facts or, better still, unearths new ones ... unreservedly recommended for serious music libraries.' Reference Reviews

    'All fifteen contributions by international experts in their fields are informative and stimulating.' Archiv für Reformationsgeeschichte

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521587808
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 173 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 12 tables 27 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Historical Context: Society Beliefs and World-View:
    1. The Bach family Malcolm Boyd
    2. Johann Sebastian Bach in the context of domestic politics in Electoral Saxony Ulrich Siegele
    3. Music and Lutheranism Robin A. Leaver
    4. Bach's metaphysics of music John Butt
    5. 'A mind unconscious that it is calculating'? Bach and the rationalist philosophy of Wolff, Leibniz and Spinoza John Butt
    Part II. Profiles of the Music:
    6. The early works and the heritage of the seventeenth century Stephen A. Crist
    7. The mature vocal works and their theological and liturgical context Robin A. Leaver
    8. The instrumental music Werner Breig
    9. The keyboard works: Bach as teacher and virtuoso Richard D. P. Jones
    10. Composition as arrangement and adaptation Werner Breig
    11. Bachian invention and its mechanisms Laurence Dreyfus
    Part III. Influence and Reception:
    12. Bach as teacher and model Stephen Daw
    13. Changing issues of performance practice George B. Stauffer
    14. Bach reception: some concepts and parameters Martin Zenck
    15. Reinterpreting Bach in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Martin Zenck.

  • Editor

    John Butt, University of Glasgow


    Malcolm Boyd, Ulrich Siegele, Robin A. Leaver, John Butt, Stephen A. Crist, Werner Breig, Richard D. P. Jones, Laurence Dreyfus, Stephen Daw, George B. Stauffer, Martin Zenck

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