By Daniel R. Melamed
This quantity is a consultant to the assets and fabrics of Bach scholarship, either for the non expert pondering the place to start within the huge, immense literature on J. S. Bach, and for the Bach professional trying to find a handy and recent survey of the sphere. It describes the instruments of Bach examine and the way to take advantage of them, and indicates tips on how to start in Bach examine through describing the central parts of study and bringing up the basic literature on every piece and topic.The authors emphasize the problems that experience engaged Bach students for generations, targeting relatively very important writings; on contemporary literature; on overviews, collections of essays and handbooks; and on writings in English. topics lined comprise bibliographic instruments of Bach study and resources of literature; Bach's kin; Bach biographies; locations Bach lived and labored; Bach's instructing; the liturgy; Bach resource stories and the transmission of his tune; repertory and variants; genres and person vocal and instrumental works; functionality perform; the reception and research of Bach's tune; and so forth. The booklet additionally deals factors of significant and possibly complicated themes in Bach study, resembling the association of the once a year cantata cycles, pitch criteria, the historical past of the Berlin libraries, the constitution of the severe statement volumes within the Neue Bach Ausgabe, and so on.This booklet opens up the wealthy international of Bach scholarship to scholars, lecturers, performers, and listeners.
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Extra resources for An Introduction to Bach Studies
Many of the most important documents have been reprinted in Hans-Joachim Schulze, ed. Johann Sebastian Bach: Leben und Werk in Dokumenten. Leipzig, 1975. A few Bach documents have generated their own interpretive literature. 1 Vocal forces. 1 Bach's teaching and students. 4 Reception. 2 Bach's library. E. 1 Primary and early biographies. Inevitably, documents have been discovered since the publication of the three volumes of documents. Here is a list of the most important belonging to volumes I and II, together with citations of literature describing and discussing them.
Many documents are available in English translations in Hans T. David and Arthur Mendel, eds. The Bach reader. Rev. ed. New York, 1966. The versions here should be used with the same caution as with any other translations. 1 Primary and early biographies). A revision of the The Bach reader by Christoph Wolff is in progress. Many of the most important documents have been reprinted in Hans-Joachim Schulze, ed. Johann Sebastian Bach: Leben und Werk in Dokumenten. Leipzig, 1975. A few Bach documents have generated their own interpretive literature.
Translated by Stephen A. " Bach 21, no. 2 (1990): 31-54. For a history of the choirs at the St. Thomas School, see Bernhard Knick. " In St. Thomas zu Leipzig, Schule und Chor: Stdtte des Wirkens von Johann Sebastian Bach; Bilder und Dokumente zur Geschichte der Thomasschule und des Thomanerchores mit ihren zeitgeschichtlichen Beziehungen, edited by Bernhard Knick, 135-262. Wiesbaden, 1963. On the old music collection of the St. Thomas School, see Arnold Schering. " Archiv fur Musikwissenschaft 1 (1918-19): 275-88.
An Introduction to Bach Studies by Daniel R. Melamed