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Beyond Bach: Music and Everyday Life in the Eighteenth Century
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Andrew Talle
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Beyond Bach: Music and Everyday Life in the Eighteenth Century

Andrew Talle


9780252083891

Illinois University Press


Music;
Western "classical" music;
European history;
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900


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376 pages

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Reverence for J. S. Bach's music and its towering presence in our cultural memory have long affected how people hear his works. In his own time, however, Bach stood as just another figure among a number of composers, many of them more popular with the music-loving public. Eschewing the great composer style of music history, Andrew Talle takes us on a journey that looks at how ordinary people made music in Bach's Germany. Talle focuses in particular on the culture of keyboard playing as lived in public and private. As he ranges through a wealth of documents, instruments, diaries, account ledgers, and works of art, Talle brings a fascinating cast of characters to life. These individuals--amateur and professional performers, patrons, instrument builders, and listeners--inhabited a lost world, and Talle's deft expertise teases out the diverse roles music played in their lives and in their relationships with one another. At the same time, his nuanced recreation of keyboard playing's social milieu illuminates the era's reception of Bach's immortal works.

By:   Andrew Talle
Imprint:   Illinois University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9780252083891
ISBN 10:   025208389X
Pages:   376
Publication Date:   August 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Andrew Talle teaches musicology at the Peabody Conservatory and is a Gilman Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the editor of Bach Perspectives, Volume Nine: Bach and His German Contemporaries.


Talle's study is meticulously researched and documented, making excellent use of an impressively large number of primary and secondary sources. There is currently nothing like it in any language, and its significance goes well beyond Bach studies. --Steven Zohn, author of Music for a Mixed Taste: Style, Genre, and Meaning in Telemann's Instrumental Works Excellently researched and well-presented and engaging. Little has been done in approaching musicians of J. S. Bach's time in Germany through the lens of social history. As one of the first books to do this and to do it very well, Talle's volume marks a major contribution to the field. --Mark Peters, author of A Woman's Voice in Baroque Music: Mariane von Ziegler and J. S. Bach

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