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Bach and the Meanings of Counterpoint - New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism (Hardback)
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Bach and the Meanings of Counterpoint - New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism (Hardback)

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Hardback 276 Pages / Published: 14/11/2002
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In Bach's Germany musical counterpoint was an art involving much more than the sophisticated use of advanced compositional techniques. A range of theological, cultural, social and political meanings attached themselves to the use of complex procedures such as canon and double counterpoint. This book explores the significance of Bach's counterpoint in a range of interrelated contexts: its use as a means of reflecting on death; its parallels to alchemy; its vexed status in the galant music culture of the first half of the eighteenth century; its value as a representation of political power; and its central importance in the creation of Bach's image in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Touching on a wide array of contemporary literary, philosophical, critical, and musical texts, the book includes new readings of many of Bach's late works in order to re-evaluate the status and meaning of counterpoint in Bach's work and legacy.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521803465
Number of pages: 276
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


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Review of the hardback: '... this is a book with spaces for thought, infused with a sense of excitement about the material. it is probably the most important monograph on counterpoint in the eighteenth century to have appeared since Warren Kirkendale's tirelessly detailed Fugue and Fugato in Rococo and Classical Chamber Music.' Eighteenth-Century Music
Review of the hardback: '... the concept behind the book, its thorough and scholarly execution, and the high intellectual level of the writing, all make it an indispensable study for students of Bach's late published works.' Early Music
"...a fascinating glimpse into the use of counterpoint in Bach's music and the implications that technique had in a time when it was rapidly disappearing in favor of newer styles." Music Educators Journal
"This fascinating study explores the significance of Johann Sebastian Bach's learned counterpoint... A significant new voice in Bach studies. Essential." Choice

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