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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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Cöthen (1717–23)

Cöthen (1717–23)

(p.70) Chapter 5 Cöthen (1717–23)

Malcolm Boyd

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines developments in the musical career of Johann Sebastian Bach in Cothen during the period from 1717 to 1723. In December 1717, Bach accepted Prince Leopold's offer to become music director of his collegium musicum and in March 1721 he completed the composition and dedication of the six Brandenburgh Concertos, which were among the most buoyant and inspiriting of all of Bach's works.

Keywords:   Johann Sebastian Bach, musical career, Prince Leopold, music director, collegium musicum, Brandenburg Concertos

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