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Bach and the meanings of counterpoint /

by Yearsley, David, autore .
Series: New perspectives in music history and criticism : Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2002Description: xvi, 257 p. : ill., mus. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780521090995; 0521090997; 9780521803465; 0521803462.
Contents:
'Vor deinen Thron tret ich' and the art of dying -- The alchemy of Bach's canons -- Bach's taste for pork or canary -- The autocratic regimes of 'A musical offering' -- Bach the machine -- Physiognomies of Bach's counterpoint.
Summary: In Bach's Germany musical counterpoint was an art involving much more than the sophisticated use of advanced compositional technique. A range of theological, cultural, social and political meanings attached themselves to the use of complex procedures such as canon and double counterpoint. This book explores the significance of Bach's counterpoint in a range of interrelated contexts: its use as a means of reflecting on death; its parallels with alchemy; its vexed status in the galant music culture of the first half of the eighteenth century; its value as a representation of political power; and its central importance in the creation of Bach's image in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Touching on a wide array of contemporary literary, philosophical, critical and musical texts, the book includes new readings of many of Bach's late works in order to reevaluate the status and meaning of counterpoint in Bach's music and legacy.
Item type Location Call number Copy Status Notes Date due
Books Books Generale 781.286 / 1 (Browse shelf) Copy 001 Available Rist. del 2008.

Bibliogr. p. 239-250.

'Vor deinen Thron tret ich' and the art of dying -- The alchemy of Bach's canons -- Bach's taste for pork or canary -- The autocratic regimes of 'A musical offering' -- Bach the machine -- Physiognomies of Bach's counterpoint.

In Bach's Germany musical counterpoint was an art involving much more than the sophisticated use of advanced compositional technique. A range of theological, cultural, social and political meanings attached themselves to the use of complex procedures such as canon and double counterpoint. This book explores the significance of Bach's counterpoint in a range of interrelated contexts: its use as a means of reflecting on death; its parallels with alchemy; its vexed status in the galant music culture of the first half of the eighteenth century; its value as a representation of political power; and its central importance in the creation of Bach's image in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Touching on a wide array of contemporary literary, philosophical, critical and musical texts, the book includes new readings of many of Bach's late works in order to reevaluate the status and meaning of counterpoint in Bach's music and legacy.

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