By Daniel R. Melamed
This quantity is a consultant to the assets and fabrics of Bach scholarship, either for the non professional pondering the place to start within the huge, immense literature on J. S. Bach, and for the Bach expert trying to find a handy and recent survey of the sphere. It describes the instruments of Bach examine and the way to exploit them, and indicates the best way to start in Bach study by way of describing the significant components of study and bringing up the fundamental literature on every bit and topic.The authors emphasize the problems that experience engaged Bach students for generations, concentrating on relatively vital writings; on fresh literature; on overviews, collections of essays and handbooks; and on writings in English. matters lined comprise bibliographic instruments of Bach study and resources of literature; Bach's family members; Bach biographies; areas Bach lived and labored; Bach's instructing; the liturgy; Bach resource stories and the transmission of his track; repertory and variations; genres and person vocal and instrumental works; functionality perform; the reception and research of Bach's track; and so on. The publication additionally deals reasons of significant and possibly complicated subject matters in Bach study, equivalent to the association of the yearly cantata cycles, pitch criteria, the background of the Berlin libraries, the constitution of the severe statement volumes within the Neue Bach Ausgabe, and so on.This publication opens up the wealthy international of Bach scholarship to scholars, lecturers, performers, and listeners.
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Musik und Oper am kurbrandenburgischen Hof. Berlin, 1910. On musical life under Frederick the Great, see Ernest Eugene Helm. Music at the court of Frederick the Great. Norman, 1960. On Bach's connections with the city, see Hans Theodore David. S. Bach's Musical Offering: history, interpretation, analysis, 3-15. New York, 1945. Andreas Holschneider. " In PreuBen, Dein Spree-Athen: Beitrage zu Literatur, Theater und Musik in Berlin, edited by Hellmut Kuhn, 135-45. Reinbeck bei Hamburg, 1981. WeiBenfels WeiBenfels was the seat of a dukedom where Bach's second wife, Anna Magdalena, had been a singer (her father was a court trumpeter).
Buelow, 254— 95. Englewood Cliffs, 1994. The classic study of the city's musical life and Bach's time there is Arnold Schering. Das Zeitalter Johann Sebastian Bachs und Johann Adam Hillers (von 1723 bis 1800). Vol. 3 of Johann Sebastian Bach und das Musikleben Leipzigs im 18. Jahrhundert: Musikgeschichte Leipzigs. Leipzig, 1941. For more on the issues surrounding Bach's hiring by the Leipzig Town Council, see Ulrich Siegele. " BJ69 (1983): 7-50; 70 (1984): 7-43; 72 (1986): 33-67. For a summary of those articles and for valuable new information on Leipzig's municipal and Saxony's electoral governments, see 43 3.
Ich habe fleissig sein mussen . " Musik und Kirche 61 (1991): 73-78. Also in Beitrage zur Bachforschung 9/10 (1991): 13-19. Translated by Gerhard Herz as "'I had to be industrious . " Bach 22, no. 2 (1991): 5-12. For an image of Bach as inexplicable and unknowable, see Wolfgang Hildesheimer. Der ferne Bach: eine Rede. Frankfurt am Main, 1985. 4 Chronology of Bach's life The following pamphlet, based largely on the volumes of the Bach-Dokumente and on studies of the chronology of Bach's vocal music, presents a chronology of the documented events of Bach's life and his known performances.