Johann Sebastian Bach : The Learned Musician

Johann Sebastian Bach : The Learned Musician

Description

Although we have heard the music of J. S. Bach in countless performances and recordings, the composer himself still comes across only as an enigmatic figure in a single familiar portrait. As we mark the 250th anniversary of Bach's death, author Christoph Wolff presents a new picture that brings to life this towering figure of the Baroque era. This engaging new biography portrays Bach as the living, breathing, and sometimes imperfect human being that he was, while bringing to bear all the advances of the last half-century of Bach scholarship. Wolff demonstrates the intimate connection between the composer's life and his music, showing how Bach's superb inventiveness pervaded his career as musician, composer, performer, scholar, and teacher. And throughout, we see Bach in the broader context of his time: its institutions, traditions, and influences. With this highly readable book, Wolff sets a new standard for Bach biography.


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Details

Author(s)
Christoph Wolff
Format
Paperback | 640 pages
Dimensions
155 x 234 x 46mm | 690g
Publication date
29 Oct 2001
Publisher
WW Norton & Co
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
Illustrations note
42 black and white illustrations
ISBN10
0393322564
ISBN13
9780393322569
Bestsellers rank
110,031