The New Bach Reader: A Life of Johann Sebastian Bach in Letters and Documents

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Hans Theodore David, Arthur Mendel, Christoph Wolff
W W Norton & Company Incorporated, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 551 pages
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Gathered in this volume are all the letters, reports, testimonials, complaints, thank-you notes, and other writings of J. S. Bach, together with a generous helping of performance and payment inventories, town council proceedings, court and archival records, letters of appointment, and other papers that document the fabric of the composer's daily life. Here, in English translations that preserve the full flavor of the originals, we encounter more than four hundred items. The book also presents a complete translation of J. N. Forkel's landmark 1802 biography, On Johann Sebastian Bach's Life, Genius, and Works; a thorough chronology of events in the composer's life and career; a detailed genealogy and family tree that Bach himself prepared; an extensive obituary written by C. P. E. Bach and J. F. Agricola; facsimiles of a dozen music manuscripts, including working drafts; Romantic-era views of Bach; and a wealth of other materials.

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User Review  - Hans - Goodreads

Like a printed Bach wikipedia but with more personality. Read full review

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User Review  - Dorothy Caimano - Goodreads

Fascinating to read the actual documents. I do need the editors' notes, however to understand some of this. And perhaps I'd better make up a score card to keep all the Bachs and all the Johanns straight. Ayayay! Did everyone name one or more of their children Johann in 17th century Germany? Read full review

About the author (1998)

David was professor of music at the University of Michigan.

Mendel was a distinguished musicologist and professor of music at Princeton University.

Christoph Wolff, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, is the Adams University Professor at Harvard University and one of the world s foremost experts on Bach and Mozart. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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