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Malcolm Boyd


In this book, biographical chapters alternate with commentary on the works of Bach, to demonstrate how the circumstances of Bach's life helped to shape the music he wrote during various periods. The book follows Bach as he travels from Arnstadt and Muhlhausen to Weimar, Cothen, and finally Leipzig. These journeys alternating with insightful discussions of the great composer's organ and orchestral compositions. As well as presenting a rounded picture of Bach, his music, and his posthumous reputation and influence, this book considers the sometimes controversial topics of “parody” and arrangemen ... More

Keywords: biography, Bach, composer, organ, orchestra, music, reputation, number symbolism, late works, Leipzig

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195307719
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307719.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Malcolm Boyd, author