Johann Sebastian Bach: Life and Work

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Harcourt, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 738 pages
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Two hundred and fifty years after his death, Johann Sebastian Bach remains one of the most compelling figures in the history of classical music. In this major study of the composer's life and work, Martin Geck follows the course of Bach's career in rich detail--from his humble beginnings as an organ tuner and self-taught court musician to his role as Kapellmeister and cantor of St. Thomas's Church in Leipzig. Geck explores Bach's relations with the German aristocracy, his position with regard to the Church and contemporary theological debates, his perfectionism, and his role as the devoted head of a large family.   The focus in this comprehensive, thoroughly researched book is on the extraordinary work that came of the composer's life. From the Goldberg Variations to the Brandenburg Concertos to the Art of the Fugue, Geck carefully analyzes Bach's innovations in harmony and counterpoint, placing them in the context of European musical and social history. Always fresh and stimulating, this definitive work reintroduces Bach's enormous oeuvre in all its splendor.

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Geck (musicology, Univ. of Dortmund, Germany;Ludwig van Beethoven ) adds to the voluminous literature on Baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) with this monumental tome intended for musical ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kirk Lowery - Goodreads

Be prepared for a detailed discussion of Bach's voluminous work. This is written by a German musicologist, and while this is biography, it is not history. If you love music like I do, you'll find it fascinating. But it is still a challenging read. Read full review

About the author (2006)

Martin Geck is a professor of musicology at the University of Dortmund in Germany.

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