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Bach's Musical Universe: The Composer and His Work

Christoph Wolff

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Norton
06 May 2020
Music; Western "classical" music; Baroque music (c 1600 to c 1750); Individual composers & musicians, bands & groups; Techniques of music & music tutorials
In this companion volume to his Pulitzer Prize-finalist biography, Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician, leading Bach scholar Christoph Wolff contextualizes his famous subject by delving deeply into the composer's rich collection of music. Emerging from this complex and massive oeuvre, Bach's Musical Universe is a focused discussion of a meaningful selection of compositions- from the famous Well-Tempered Clavier, violin and cello solos, and Brandenburg Concertos to the St. Matthew Passion, Art of Fugue, and B- Minor Mass.

Unlike any study undertaken before, this book details Bach's creative process across the various instrumental and vocal genres, and centers on what the composer himself judiciously presented in carefully designed benchmark collections and individual works- all consequential to Bach's musical art. Tracing Bach's evolution as a composer, Wolff compellingly illuminates the ideals and legacy of this giant of classical music in a new, refreshing light for everyone, from the amateur to the virtuoso.
By:   Christoph Wolff
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 244mm,  Width: 165mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   734g
ISBN:   9780393050714
ISBN 10:   0393050718
Pages:   432
Publication Date:   06 May 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Christoph Wolff is Adams University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, where he taught from 1976 to 2012. A former director of the Bach Archive in Leipzig, Germany, he is the author of numerous works of music history including Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography, and Mozart at the Gateway to His Fortune: Serving the Emperor, 1788-1791, winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. Wolff lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Reviews for Bach's Musical Universe: The Composer and His Work

Nobody writes about Bach with more authority, knowledge, and passion than does Christoph Wolff. This book--a great gift to all music lovers--is remarkable for showing how the largely self-taught composer set himself on a clear path to attain musical perfection.--Angela Hewitt, concert pianist Many of the finest musical minds have devoted themselves to Bach scholarship, none as comprehensively as Christoph Wolff. In his new book, he bears down on the music itself, following it wherever it leads, from the smallest secrecies to the largest designs.--John Harbison, principal guest conductor of Emmanuel Music, Boston, and institute professor at MIT Bach's Musical Universe is an exhilarating tour de force of erudition. The product of a lifetime of reflection, it is imaginatively conceived: comprehensive and abundantly detailed yet admirably coherent and clear, permeated throughout by keen, illuminating insights--a splendid achievement, indispensable for anyone fascinated by Bach.--Robert L. Marshall, Sachar Professor of Music Emeritus, Brandeis University Bach's Musical Universe is an exhilarating tour de force of erudition. The product of a lifetime of reflection, it is imaginatively conceived: comprehensive and abundantly detailed yet admirably coherent and clear, permeated throughout by keen, illuminating insights--a splendid achievement, indispensable for anyone fascinated by Bach.--Robert L. Marshall, Sachar Professor of Music Emeritus, Brandeis University


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