The Cambridge Companion to Bach

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John Butt
Cambridge University Press, Jun 26, 1997 - Music - 326 pages
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The Cambridge Companion to Bach, first published in 1997, goes beyond a basic life-and-works study to provide a late twentieth-century perspective on J. S. Bach the man and composer. The book is divided into three parts. Part One is concerned with the historical context, the society, beliefs and the world-view of Bach's age. The second part discusses the music and Bach's compositional style, while Part Three considers Bach's influence and the performance and reception of his music through the succeeding generations. This Companion benefits from the insights and research of some of the most distinguished Bach scholars, and from it the reader will gain a notion of the diversity of current thought on this great composer.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The historical context society beliefs and worldview
7
The Bach family
9
Bach and the domestic politics of Electoral Saxony
17
Music and Lutheranism
35
Bachs metaphysics of music
46
A mind unconscious that it is calculating? Bach and the rationalist philosophy of Wolff Leibniz and Spinoza
60
Profiles of the music
73
Composition as arrangement and adaptation
154
Bachian invention and its mechanisms
171
Influence and reception
193
Bach as teacher and model
195
Changing issues of performance practice
203
Bach reception some concepts and parameters
218
Reinterpreting Bach in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
226
Notes
251

The early works and the heritage of the seventeenth century
75
The mature vocal works and their theological and liturgical context
86
The instrumental music
123
The keyboard works Bach as teacher and virtueso
136

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John Butt is Gardiner Professor of Music at the University of Glasgow. His book Playing With History: The Historical Approach to Music Performance (Cambridge, 2002) was the winner of the 2003 Dent Medal, and was shortlisted for the 2003 British Academy Book Prize. He is the author of Music Education and the Art of Performance in the German Baroque (Cambridge, 1994), Bach: Mass in B Minor (Cambridge Music Handbooks, 1991) and Bach Interpretation (Cambridge, 1990), and has edited the Cambridge Companion to Bach (1997).

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