Bach (Master Musicians) by Malcolm Boyd

By Malcolm Boyd

Released in its first version in 1983, Boyd's remedy of this canonical composer is vital analyzing for college kids, students, and everybody drawn to Baroque song. during this 3rd variation, biographical chapters trade with observation at the works, to illustrate how the situations of Bach's lifestyles helped to form the track he wrote at a variety of sessions. We stick with Bach as he travels from Arnstadt and Muhlhausen to Weimar, Cöthen, and at last Leipzig, those trips alternating with insightful discussions of the nice composer's organ and orchestral compositions. in addition to offering a rounded photograph of Bach, his song, and his posthumous acceptance and effect, Malcolm Boyd considers the occasionally debatable issues of "parody" and association, quantity symbolism, and the fashion and which means of Bach's past due works. contemporary 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 a whole catalogue of Bach's works) have been completely revised during this variation to take account of newer study undertaken through Bach students, together with the gold mine of recent info exposed within the former Ussr.

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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. Its text may have been compiled by G. C. Eilmar, pastor of the Marienkirche, who was probably responsible also for that of Gott ist mein Ko¨nig (bwv71), written for the service marking the town council election on 4 February 1708 and printed at the council’s expense.

The Kantor and master in charge of the Tertia there was a certain Johann Heinrich Arnold, known and feared for his severity. In fact, so intolerable was the discipline he exacted that in 1697 he was dismissed and replaced by Elias Herda, a young man from Leina, near Gotha, only a few miles north of Ohrdruf. Herda had studied theology at the university of Jena, but before that he had attended the Michaelisschule at Lu¨neburg, and it was probably on his recommendation that Bach secured a place there.

Among other features of the early organ preludes are their impressive and sometimes quite lengthy (but not difficult) pedal solos, their chordal ‘trills’ (fully notated), much rushing about over the keyboard in semiquaver and demisemiquaver runs, and generally speaking a loose construction which suggests a recalled improvisation. e. thematic), even though their subjects are typically long and ‘garrulous’ (Ex. 2). It is not surprising to find that pedal entries are usually long-delayed and sometimes modified.

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