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

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1999 - 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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Contents

Acknowledgments
vi
Preface to The New Bach Reader
viii
Preface to the First Edition of The Bach Reader 1945
xi
Bibliographical Abbreviations
xiv
Conspectus of Parts IVII
xv
Chronology
xli
A Portrait in Outline
1
Bachs Life in His Own Writings and Other Documents
29
Bach as Viewed by His Contemporaries
312
Bach in the Second Half of the Eighteenth Century
355
Forkels Biography of Bach 18021820
418
Bach in the Romantic Era
486
Money and Living Costs in Bachs Time
527
Bibliography 53
531
Index
533
Places of Bachs Activities
552

Early Biographical Documents on Bach
279

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About the author (1999)

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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