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By Paul Henry Lang

Simply because I spent my formative years in Leipzig, a urban which resounds with echoes of Bach and the whole musical international, i've got regularly had the belief of 1 day getting ready a pictorial background of tune. This current booklet is the end result; it combines components of my specialist existence as a photograph historian and my deepest existence as a cheerful lover of music.
A pictorial heritage of song can by no means be only an image album, even though, for no volume of illustrative fabric can on its own create a significant landscape of tune. There needs to be, as well as photos, an intrinsic plan, a unified standpoint which the reader can snatch and use to accomplish comprehension

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Its ardor, humility, fear, hope are embodied and soaring in Bach's cantatas with an intensity and effect which make these works the highest expression of Lutheran religiousness. 44 The the inner struggle of the individual. This variety of his cantatas although certain types among them. There in tic is great, be discerned are religious pastorals, oratorio-like dramatic sodes, can scenes, Biblical epi- and transfigurations which are steeped pious contemplation and filled with mys- symbolism. All the stock devices of the Baroque era parade before us in Bach's cantatas: the introductory sonata or sinfonia, the da capo aria, the operatic arioso and recitative, the the With the end French overture (occasionally transformed into choruses), the concerto, the scintillat- and thankful guilty longing for soul, redemption.

In 1700 a scholarship en- abled young Bach to enter St. Michael's School in Liineburg, where he came into contact with serious musical culture. In was 1703 the eighteen-year-old Bach appointed court violinist in the ducal orchestra at Weimar, and in the same year he received the more comfortable position new church in Arnstadt. new organ, with duties not of organist of the Master of a fine at all taxing and with a good salary, he was ideally placed for creative activity. After a couple of years' service, he took a leave of absence to go on a pilgrimage to Liibeck to hear Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707), the greatest organ master of the period.

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