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Leipzig After Bach: Church and Concert Life in a German City

Jeffrey S. Sposato


This book examines church music and public concert music in Leipzig, Germany, a city in Saxony, in the period between 1750 (the year Thomaskantor Johann Sebastian Bach died) and 1847 (the year that Gewandhaus orchestra conductor Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy died). The century in between these events was critically important for sacred music and public concert music. During this period, Leipzig’s church music enterprise, a bulwark of orthodox Lutheranism, was convulsed by repeated external threats—a growing middle class that viewed music as an object of public consumption, religious and politica ... More

Keywords: Lutheranism, Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Napoleon, Gewandhaus, Leipzig, public concert, sacred music, church music, Saxony

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190616953
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190616953.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey S. Sposato, author
Associate Professor of Musicology, University of Houston