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Bach's Musical Universe

Audiobook
Nonfiction: Biography
Unabridged   14 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/14/2020

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Bach's Musical Universe

The Composer and His Work

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684577156
Digital Download ISBN:9781684577149

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A concentrated study of Johann Sebastian Bach’s creative output and greatest pieces, capturing the essence of his art.

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A concentrated study of Johann Sebastian Bach’s creative output and greatest pieces, capturing the essence of his art.

Throughout his life, renowned and prolific composer Johann Sebastian Bach articulated his views as a composer in purely musical terms; he was notoriously reluctant to write about his life and work. Instead, he methodically organized certain pieces into carefully designed collections. These benchmark works, all of them without parallel or equivalent, produced a steady stream of transformative ideas that stand as paradigms of Bach’s musical art.

In this companion volume to his Pulitzer Prize–finalist biography, Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician, leading Bach scholar Christoph Wolff takes his cue from his famous subject. Wolff delves deeply into the composer’s own rich selection of collected music, cutting across conventional boundaries of era, genre, and instrument. Emerging from a 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.

Reviews/Praise

“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

Author Bio

Christoph Wolff is Adams University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University. 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.