This major study of the composer's life and work follows the course of Bach's career in rich detail - from his humble beginnings as an organ tuner and self-taught musician, to his role as Kapellmeister and cantor of St. Thomas' Church in Leipzig. It explores Bach's relations with the German aristocracy, the Church and contemporary theological debates, his perfectionism, and his role as the devoted head of a large family. The author also carefully analyses Bach's innovations in harmony and counterpoint, placing them in the context of European musical and social history.
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PRAISE FROM GERMANY FOR "JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH""It's often said that you can't learn to love music by reading books. This book is the exception."--"Die Welt" "Fascinating from beginning to end."--"Berliner Zeitung"About the Author:
Martin Geck is the author of numerous works on classical music, including a survey of its history from Beethoven to Mahler. He is Professor of Musicology at the University of Dortmund, Germany.
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Book Description Harcourt, 2006. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: CONTENTS Foreword by Kurt Masur PREFACE APPROACHING BACH What Do We Know about Bach? The Grand Old Men of Bach Biography: Forkel, Spitta, Schweitzer Transmission of the Works PART ONE THE STATIONS OF BACH'S LIFE From Matins Singer to Hofkapellmeister Eisenach Ohrdruf Luneburg Arnstadt Muhlhausen Weimar Cothen Cantor at St. Thomas and City Music Director in Leipzig The Position and Its New Incumbent The Early Years in Leipzig The Middle Leipzig Period: "Court Composer" Director of the Collegium Musicum and Composer of Secular Music Aesthetic Controversies, Private Initiatives The Later Leipzig Years: The Universalist The Bach Household PART TWO THE VOCAL MUSIC The Early and Weimar Cantatas The Leipzig Cantatas The Passions Secular Cantatas and the Christmas Oratorio The Magnificat and the Masses The Motets PART THREE THE INSTRUMENTAL WORKS The Art of the Toccata The Organ Chorales The Cothen Demonstration Cycles: Inventions and Sinfonias, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Six Solos for Violin The Concertos The Sonatas and Suites The Late Cycles The Goldberg Variations The Art of Fugue The Musical Offering PART FOUR HORIZONS Bach's Art Bach as a Christian Rhetoric and Symbolism Proportion and Numerical Relations in Bach's Music Theological Bach Research: Between Scholarship and Faith-Inspired Learning Acknowledgments Notes Bibliography Index. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0151006482
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Book Description Harcourt, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. 1st Edition. Geck, Martin. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: LIFE AND WORK. NY: Harcourt Books, c2006. First US edition. 737pp, biblio, index. Lg 8vo. New hardcover copy with as new d/j. Bookseller Inventory # 74771
Book Description Harcourt, Inc., Orlando, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First American Edition. 738 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. BIOGRAPHY. In this masterly book, Martin Geck illuminates the life and times of Johann Sebastian Bach and provides a superb analysis of his entire body of work, from the early cantatas through the Passions, the Masses, the Goldberg Variations, and the Art of the Fugue. Lucidly written, drawing on years of scholarship and a deep, fundamentally fresh appreciation of the music, Johann Sebastian Bach is an essential volume. Translated into English from the German by John Hargraves. Includes an Index. (Key Words: Johann Sebastian Bach, Music, Musicians, Composers, Biography, John Hargraves, Christoph Wolff, Georg Philipp Telemann, Albert Schweitzer, Organ, Johann Mattheson, Johann Andreas Kuhnau, Madrigalian Cantatas, Johann Christoph Gottsched, Johann Nikolaus Forkel, Clavier, Secular Cantatas, BDV, Brandenburg Concertos, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, B-Minor Mass, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach). book. Bookseller Inventory # 36739X1
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