The Life of Bach

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Cambridge University Press, 2004 - 219 pagina's
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Bach, like Shakespeare, is known largely by his works, exceptional in quantity as well as quality, and only a few original documents convey any idea of his life and character. Peter Williams’s thoroughly new look at Bach’s biography asks many questions about the so-called evidence. What was he like as a young man, as a father, as an ageing church servant? What were his preoccupations? What music did he know and how did he compose and perform such an amazing amount of music? Was he a disappointed man? Reading the available documentation critically, especially from the viewpoint of a performer, and going back to the first substantial ‘biography’ of Bach, namely his Obituary, Williams suggests new interpretations of the composer’s life and his work. In addition, he asks if our understanding of Bach has been hindered by the unremitting deference displayed towards him since his death.
 

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Early years 16851703
5
First appointments 17031708
25
Weimar 17081717
45
CŲthen 17171723
76
Leipzig the first decade
99
Leipzig the second decade
125
Leipzig the final years and the first personal descriptions
137
a sample hypothesis
196
some terms
203
List of references
206
BWV index
209
Index of names
212
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Peter Williams (1937 016) was an internationally renowned Bach scholar and performer. He held the first Chair in Performance Practice in Britain at the University of Edinburgh, where he was Director of the Russell Collection of Harpsichords and latterly Dean of Music. He was also the first Arts and Sciences Distinguished Chair at Duke University, North Carolina. He was the author of many books, including A New History of the Organ (1980), The Organ Music of J. S. Bach (3 volumes, Cambridge, 1981 984), Bach, Handel, Scarlatti 1685 985 (Cambridge, 1985) and Bach: The Goldberg Variations (Cambridge, 2001).

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