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Malcolm Boyd

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307719

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307719.001.0001

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Canons and Counterpoints

Canons and Counterpoints

(p.210) Chapter 12 Canons and Counterpoints

Malcolm Boyd

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the canons and counterpoints in the musical career of Johann Sebastian Bach. It suggests that Bach took the unusual step of completing a second set of twenty-four keyboard preludes and fugues in all the major and minor keys in 1742. It speculates that Bach's reason for compiling this second book might have been to give definitive form to the music he had composed many years earlier. It explains that this concern became very important to Bach during the 1730s.

Keywords:   Johann Sebastian Bach, musical career, keyboard preludes, fugues, musical composition

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