By Malcolm Boyd
The yr 2000 has been declared a "Bach Year," marking the 250th anniversary of the nice composer's demise. around the globe, there'll be significant celebrations in honor of his spectacular physique of labor. This significant biography of Bach, now thoroughly revised and boasting 25% extra fabric, is released to coincide with those occasions. within the new version of this broadly acclaimed examine, biographical chapters trade with remark at the works, to illustrate how the conditions of Bach's existence helped to form the tune he wrote at quite a few classes. We persist with Bach as he travels from Arnstadt and Muhlhausen to Weimar, Cothen, and at last Leipzig, those trips alternating with insightful discussions of the nice composer's organ and orchestral compositions. in addition to proposing a rounded photograph of Bach, his tune, and his posthumous acceptance and impact, Malcolm Boyd considers the occasionally debatable themes of "parody" and association, quantity symbolism, and the fashion and that means of Bach's overdue works. fresh theories at the structure of Bach's appearing forces at Leipzig also are current. The textual content and the appendixes (which contain a chronology, personalia, bibliography, and an entire catalogue of Bach's works) were completely revised to take account of the learn undertaken through Bach students, together with the gold mine of latest info lately exposed within the former USSR. An authoritative account of the lifestyles and paintings of Johann Sebastian Bach, this quantity may be crucial studying for everybody drawn to the classical composers.
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Bach, i, p. 226. 4 Record of payments to the Mettenchor, Lu¨neburg, April–May 1700 Background and Early Years (1685–1703) • 13 harpsichord. Forkel, however, is imprecise on this point, and the Obituary, from which Spitta took his information, states merely that Bach’s voice broke ‘some time’ (‘einige Zeit’) after his arrival in Lu¨neburg. 7 It was, apparently, quite common for Lu¨neburg choirs to recruit their tenors and basses from central Germany. The repertory of the Mettenchor was drawn from an unusually ﬁne music library begun in 1555 by the ﬁrst Lutheran Kantor8 and subsequently enlarged, notably by Friedrich Emanuel Praetorius (1623–95).
The situation is somewhat clearer with the early cantatas, the background to which is sketched in a later chapter (see pp. ). These all date from Bach’s period as organist of the Blasiuskirche, Mu¨hlhausen, 11 See R. Bullivant, Fugue (London, 1971), 161, and P. Williams, ‘bwv565: a toccata in D minor for organ by J. S. ’, Early Music, ix (1981), 330–7. A r n s t a d t , M u¨ h l h a u s e n ( 1 7 0 3 – 8 ) • 33 although they were not written for performance there. The earliest is probably Aus der Tiefen rufe ich (bwv131), a penitential work which Terry (81) connected with the disastrous ﬁre that destroyed part of Mu¨hlhausen in 1707.
5 In fact, Spitta stated quite clearly that in Bach’s use of these words We must understand in the ﬁrst place the disposition of a portion of the municipality of Mu¨hlhausen which clung to old fashions and customs, and neither could nor would follow Bach’s bold ﬂights, and even looked askance 4 5 M. Petzoldt, Bachsta¨tten aufsuchen (Leipzig, 1992), 133–4. See F. Blume, ‘J. S Bach’s Youth’, Musical Quarterly, liv (1968), 1–30; also H. Serwer, ‘ ‘‘Wiedrigkeit’’ and ‘‘Verdriesslichkeit’’ in Mu¨hlhausen’, Musical Quarterly, lv (1969), 20–30.
Bach (Master Musicians Series) by Malcolm Boyd