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By Malcolm Boyd

The 12 months 2000 has been declared a "Bach Year," marking the 250th anniversary of the nice composer's loss of life. around the globe, there'll be significant celebrations in honor of his staggering 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 re-creation of this generally acclaimed examine, biographical chapters trade with statement at the works, to illustrate how the conditions of Bach's existence helped to form the tune he wrote at numerous classes. We keep on with Bach as he travels from Arnstadt and Muhlhausen to Weimar, Cothen, and at last Leipzig, those trips alternating with insightful discussions of the good composer's organ and orchestral compositions. in addition to proposing a rounded photo of Bach, his tune, and his posthumous recognition and impact, Malcolm Boyd considers the occasionally arguable subject matters 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 acting 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) were completely revised to take account of the learn undertaken via Bach students, together with the gold mine of latest details 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 attracted to the classical composers.

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Terry (p. 56) suggested that the Duke of Weissenfels, who maintained close relations with the Weimar court, may have secured this appointment for Bach to compensate him for the loss of the Sangerhausen post; but the presence at Weimar of another lackey-musician by the name of David Hoffmann, possibly a member of the Hoffmann family closely related by marriage to the Bachs, may also have helped. It is impossible to be specific about Bach’s duties, or even about his actual position, at the Weimar court.

But the reigning duke, Johann Georg of Saxe-Weissenfels, had other ideas, and intervened to secure the appointment of his own candidate, Johann Augustin Kobelius, remembered now as a composer of operas for the Weissenfels court. Bach’s immediate reaction to this example of ducal partiality is not recorded; that he regarded it as an injustice is suggested by his letter of 18 November 1736 to burgomaster Klemm, recommending his son Johann Gottfried Bernhard for a similar post at Sangerhausen, in which 9 C.

Bach’s authority that he ‘loved and studied the works of the Lu¨neburg organist Bo¨hm’, 6 7 8 Terry, 35, n. 3. K. Ku¨ster, op. cit. pp. 85–97. Published in M. Seiffert, ‘Die Chorbibliothek der St. Michaelisschule in Lu¨neburg zu Seb. Bach’s Zeit’, Sammelba¨nde der Internationalen Musik-Gesellschaft, ix (1908), 593–621. 14 • bach and it seems likely that the two were personally acquainted. Bo¨hm was a native of Thuringia, born and brought up near Ohrdruf, and he had been a schoolfellow of Johann Bernard Vonhof, father-in-law of Bach’s elder brother Johann Christoph.

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