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Musical Authorship from Schütz to Bach

Part of Musical Performance and Reception

  • Date Published: May 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108421072


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  • What did the term 'author' denote for Lutheran musicians in the generations between Heinrich Schütz and Johann Sebastian Bach? As part of the Musical Performance and Reception series, this book examines attitudes to authorship as revealed in the production, performance and reception of music in seventeenth-century German lands. Analysing a wide array of archival, musical, philosophical and theological texts, this study illuminates notions of creativity in the period and the ways in which individuality was projected and detected in printed and manuscript music. Its investigation of musical ownership and regulation shows how composers appealed to princely authority to protect their publications, and how town councils sought to control the compositional efforts of their church musicians. Interpreting authorship as a dialogue between authority and individuality, this book uses an interdisciplinary approach to explore changing attitudes to the self in the era between Schütz and Bach.

    • Takes an interdisciplinary and thematic approach to historical concepts of authorship and creativity from Schütz to Bach
    • Uncovers new archival evidence about how the music trade was regulated and presents a vivid picture of the negotiations involved in the production and reception of music
    • Combines detailed study of surviving printed and manuscript music with bigger debates about individuality and authority in the period
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108421072
    • length: 258 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 180 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 2 tables 12 music examples
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. God, talent, craft: concepts of musical creativity
    2. Between imitatio and plagiarism
    3. Signs of individuality
    4. Rites of musical ownership
    5. The regulation of novelty
    6. Authorship and performance

  • Author

    Stephen Rose, Royal Holloway, University of London
    Stephen Rose is Professor of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of The Musician in Literature in the Age of Bach (Cambridge, 2011) and editor of Leipzig Church Music from the Sherard Collection (2014), he is also the co-editor of the journal Early Music.

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