Johann Sebastian Bach: His Work and Influence on the Music of Germany, 1685-1750, Volume 1

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Courier Corporation, Jan 1, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 688 pages
Spitta's monumental study of Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the great classics of musicology. Since it was first published in 1873-1880, it has remained the basic work on Bach and the foundation for later research and study. It may never be superceded as the most ambitious coverage of its subject, since Spitta combined a genius for historical scholarship, great musical understanding and an incredible energy in gathering source material that has seldom been matched.

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) was a prolific German composer and organist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments exemplify the heart and soul of the Baroque period. A revival of interest in his music and its performance began early in the 19th century and continues to this day. He now ranks among the greatest composers in the Western tradition.

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