Bach

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Oxford University Press, USA, Apr 20, 2006 - Music - 312 pages
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Published in its first edition in 1983, Boyd's 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 Bach's 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 composer's 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 Bach's late works. Recent theories on the constitution of Bach's performing forces at Leipzig are also present. The text and the appendixes (which include a chronology, personalia, bibliography, and a complete catalogue of Bach's 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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Thorough, if brief, mix of biography and musical discussion. Boyd assumes the reader can read music, but he doesn't assume an extensive technical background. Particularly useful as an introduction to ... Read full review

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Thorough, if brief, mix of biography and musical discussion. Boyd assumes the reader can read music, but he doesn't assume an extensive technical background. Particularly useful as an introduction to ... Read full review

Contents

Background and Early Years 16851703
1
Arnstadt Mühlhausen 17038
17
Weimar 170817
35
Organ Music
46
Chorale Settings
49
Preludes and Fugues
60
Miscellaneous Organ Works
66
Cöthen 171723
70
Passions
152
Leipzig 173041
161
Parodies and Publications
176
Oratorios and Masses
178
Harpsichord Concertos
191
The ClavierÜbung
193
Leipzig 174250
201
Canons and Counterpoints
210

Orchestral Instrumental and Keyboard Music
80
Orchestral Suites
91
Instrumental Works
94
Keyboard Works
101
Leipzig 172330
110
Music for the Leipzig Liturgy
122
Cantatas
123
Motets and Magnificat
149
The Bach Heritage
228
Calendar
247
List of Works
255
Personalia
283
Select Bibliography
295
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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