Bach

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Oxford University Press, Jan 18, 2001 - Music - 320 pages
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Published in its first edition in 1983, Boyds treatment of this canonical composer is essential reading for students, scholars, and everyone interested in Baroque music. In this third edition, biographical chapters alternate with commentary on the works, to demonstrate how the circumstances of Bachs life helped to shape the music he wrote at various periods. We follow Bach as he travels from Arnstadt and Muhlhausen to Weimar, Cothen, and finally Leipzig, these journeys alternating with insightful discussions of the great composers organ and orchestral compositions. As well as presenting a rounded picture of Bach, his music, and his posthumous reputation and influence, Malcolm Boyd considers the sometimes controversial topics of parody and arrangement, number symbolism, and the style and meaning of Bachs late works. Recent theories on the constitution of Bachs performing forces at Leipzig are also present. The text and the appendixes (which include a chronology, personalia, bibliography, and a complete catalogue of Bachs works) were thoroughly revised in this edition to take account of more recent research undertaken by Bach scholars, including the gold mine of new information uncovered in the former USSR.
 

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Contents

1 Background and Early Years 16851703
1
2 Arnstadt Mühlhausen 17038
17
3 Weimar 170817
35
4 Organ Music
46
5 Cöthen 171723
70
6 Orchestral Instrumental and Keyboard Music
80
7 Leipzig 172330
110
8 Music for the Leipzig Liturgy
122
9 Leipzig 173041
161
10 Parodies and Publications
176
11 Leipzig 174250
201
12 Canons and Counterpoints
210
13 The Bach Heritage
228
Appendices
247
Index
301
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Malcolm Boyd was a leading authority on the works of Bach, the author of several volumes on Bachs music, and editor of The Oxford Composers Companion: Johann Sebastian Bach. He taught at the University of Wales, Cardiff from 1973-1992. He died in 2001.

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