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The Creative Development of J. S. Bach Volume 1: 1695-1717: Music to Delight the Spirit (Hardback)
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The Creative Development of J. S. Bach Volume 1: 1695-1717: Music to Delight the Spirit (Hardback)

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Hardback 350 Pages / Published: 21/12/2006
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This book gives an account of the individual works of one of the greatest composers. The first volume of a two-volume study of the music of J. S. Bach covers the earlier part of his composing career, 1695-1717. By studying the music chronologically a coherent picture of the composer's creative development emerges, drawing together all the strands of the individual repertoires (e.g. the cantatas, the organ music, the keyboard music). The volume is divided into two parts, covering the early works and the mature Weimar compositions respectively. Each part deals with four categories of composition in turn: large-scale keyboard works; preludes, fantasias, and fugues; organ chorales; and cantatas. Within each category, the discussion is prefaced by a list of the works to be considered, together with details of their original titles, catalogue numbers, and earliest sources. The study is thus usable as a handbook on Bach's works as well as a connected study of his creative development. As indicated by the subtitle Music to Delight the Spirit,, borrowed from Bach's own title-pages, Richard Jones draws attention to another important aspect of the book: not only is it a study of style and technique but a work of criticism, an analytical evaluation of Bach's music and an appreciation of its extraordinary qualities. It also takes account of the remarkable advances in Bach scholarship that have been made over the last 50 years, including the many studies that have appeared relating to various aspects of Bach's early music, such as the varied influences to which he was subjected and the problematic issues of dating and authenticity that arise. In doing so, it attempts to build up a coherent picture of his development as a creative artist, helping us to understand what distinguishes Bach's mature music from his early works and from the music of his predecessors and contemporaries. Hence we learn why it is that his later works are instantly recognizable as 'Bachian'.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198164401
Number of pages: 350
Weight: 667 g
Dimensions: 240 x 160 x 30 mm


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...extremely useful...clearly and unpretentiously written, accurate in its judgements, and makes many of the findings of recent German schlorship accessible to an English-speaking audience. * Stephen Rose Music and Letters *
Jones is a careful scholar in the grand tradition of Walter Emery and Alfred Durr... Anybody wishing to get to grips with the music of Bach will be well advised to equip themselves with this survey as their starting point... ...Jones's happy ability to formulate his insights in an effective and compelling way. * David Ledbetter, Early Music *
This is a staggering achievement and I am taken aback just imagining the amount of reading that has gone into it...the book amply succeeds in supplying a musical and largely up-to-date commentary on each work of Bach. * Peter Williams, Musical Times *
Through careful analysis of music, Jones identifies key aspects of Bach's musical fabric, forms, styles and techniques that develop and mature, capturing a fascinating image of Bach the supreme composer. To me Jones does this to the level that has been attempted and succeeded before. * Yo Tomita, London Bach Society *

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