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Johann Sebastian Bach

31 mar 1685 (Eisenach) - 28 jul 1750 (Leipzig)


Books about Johann Sebastian Bach and his music

bookEric Siblin The Cello Suites: J. S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece
Atlantic Monthly Press, 2009-12-15; ISBN 0802119298; 336 pages Price indication: $ 14.92
bookDouglas R. Hofstadter Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Basic Books, 1999-02-04; ISBN 0465026567; 832 pages
This groundbreaking Pulitzer Prize-winning book sets the standard for interdisciplinary writing, exploring the patterns and symbols in the thinking of mathematician Kurt Godel, artist M.C. Escher, and composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Price indication: $ 12.44
bookMeredith Little and Natalie Jenne Dance and the Music of J. S. Bach: Expanded Edition
Indiana University Press, 2001; ISBN 0253214645; 288 pages
Stylized dance music and music based on dance rhythms pervade Bach's compositions. The original edition of this addressed works that bore the names of dances--a considerable corpus. In this expanded version of their practical and insightful study, Meredith Little and Natalie Jenne apply the same principals to the study of a great number of Bach's works that use identifiable dance rhythms but do not bear dance-specific titles. Price indication: $ 26.95
bookMike Venezia Johann Sebastian Bach (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers)
Children's Press (CT), 1998; ISBN 0516263528; 32 pages
A brief biography of the prolific eighteenth-century composer and organist who created some of the world's greatest instrumental and religious music. Price indication: $ 6.95
bookChristoph Wolff Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician
W. W. Norton & Company, 2001; ISBN 0393322564; 624 pages
Finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Biography. A landmark biography of Bach on the 250th anniversary of the composer's death, written by the leading Bach scholar of our age. Although we have heard the music of J. S. Bach in countless performances and recordings, the composer himself still comes across only as an enigmatic figure in a single familiar portrait. As we mark the 250th anniversary of Bach's death, author Christoph Wolff presents a new picture that brings to life this towering figure of the Baroque era. This engaging new biography portrays Bach as the living, breathing, and sometimes imperfect human being that he was, while bringing to bear all the advances of the last half-century of Bach scholarship. Wolff demonstrates the intimate connection between the composer's life and his music, showing how Bach's superb inventiveness pervaded his career as musician, composer, performer, scholar, and teacher. And throughout, we see Bach in the broader context of his time: its institutions, traditions, and influences. With this highly readable book, Wolff sets a new standard for Bach biography. 42 b/w illustrations. Price indication: $ 13.57
bookArthur Mendel, Christoph Wolff and Hans T. David The New Bach Reader: A Life of Johann Sebastian Bach in Letters and Documents
W.W. Norton & Co., 1999-10-01; ISBN 0393319563; 308 pages
Through hundreds of letters, family papers, anecdotes, and records, the Bach Reader established a new approach to biography by offering original documents in impeccable translations. In The New Bach Reader, Christoph Wolff has incorporated numerous facsimiles and added many newly discovered items, reflecting the current state of scholarship about the composer's life and music. The readings in this volume provide an accurate and vivid picture of Bach's world and of his far-reaching influence. Price indication: $ 13.82
bookLaurence Dreyfus Bach and the Patterns of Invention
Harvard University Press, 2004-03-01; ISBN 0674013565; 288 pages
In this major new interpretation of the music of J. S. Bach, we gain a striking picture of the composer as a unique critic of his age. By reading Bach's music "against the grain" of contemporaries such as Vivaldi and Telemann, Laurence Dreyfus explains how Bach's approach to musical invention in a variety of genres posed a fundamental challenge to Baroque aesthetics. "Invention"--the word Bach and his contemporaries used for the musical idea that is behind or that generates a composition--emerges as an invaluable key in Dreyfus's analysis. Looking at important pieces in a range of genres, including concertos, sonatas, fugues, and vocal works, he focuses on the fascinating construction of the invention, the core musical subject, and then shows how Bach disposes, elaborates, and decorates it in structuring his composition. Bach and the Patterns of Invention brings us fresh understanding of Bach's working methods, and how they differed from those of the other leading composers of his day. We also learn here about Bach's unusual appropriations of French and Italian styles--and about the elevation of various genres far above their conventional status. Challenging the restrictive lenses commonly encountered in both historical musicology and theoretical analysis, Dreyfus provocatively suggests an approach to Bach that understands him as an eighteenth-century thinker and at the same time as a composer whose music continues to speak to us today. Price indication: $ 23.39
bookAllen Winold Bach's Cello Suites: Analyses and Explorations (Vol. 1 & 2) (Volumes 1 and 2)
Indiana University Press, 2007-04-19; ISBN 0253218969; 280 pages
J. S. Bach's Suites for Unaccompanied Cello are among the most cherished and frequently played works in the entire literature of music, and yet they have never been the subject of a full-length music analytical study. The musical examples herein include every note of all movements (so one needs no separate copy of the music while reading the book), and undertakes both basic analyses--harmonic reduction, functional harmonic analysis, step progression analysis, form analysis, and syntagmatic and paradigmatic melodic analysis--and specialized analyses for some of the individual movements. Allen Winold presents a comprehensive study intended not only for cellists, but also for other performers, music theorists, music educators, and informed general readers. Price indication: $ 33.94
bookMalcolm Boyd Bach (Master Musicians)
Oxford University Press, USA, 2006-04-20; ISBN 0195307712; 320 pages
Published in its first edition in 1983, Boyd's treatment of this canonical composer is essential reading for students, scholars, and everyone interested in Baroque music. In this third edition, biographical chapters alternate with commentary on the works, to demonstrate how the circumstances of Bach's life helped to shape the music he wrote at various periods. We follow Bach as he travels from Arnstadt and Muhlhausen to Weimar, Cöthen, 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, Malcolm Boyd considers the sometimes controversial topics of "parody" and arrangement, number symbolism, and the style and meaning of Bach's late works. Recent theories on the constitution of Bach's performing forces at Leipzig are also present. The text and the appendixes (which include a chronology, personalia, bibliography, and a complete catalogue of Bach's works) were thoroughly revised in this edition to take account of more recent research undertaken by Bach scholars, including the gold mine of new information uncovered in the former USSR. Price indication: $ 18.71
bookJohn Butt and Jonathan Cross The Cambridge Companion to Bach (Cambridge Companions to Music)
Cambridge University Press, 1997; ISBN 0521587808; 342 pages
The Cambridge Companion to Bach goes beyond a basic life-and-works study to provide a late-twentieth-century perspective on J. S. Bach the man and composer. Benefiting from the insights and research of some of the most distinguished Bach scholars, this Companion covers cultural, social and religious contexts, surveys and analyzes Bach's compositional style, traces his influence, and considers the performance and reception of his music through the succeeding generations. Price indication: $ 29.99
bookOpal Wheeler and Sybil Deucher Sebastian Bach, The Boy from Thuringia (Great MusicianS Series)
Zeezok Publishing, 2005; ISBN 097465051X; 128 pages
Back in print! We love the Wheeler & Deucher composers' series from the mid-20th century. This classic work for children will be enjoyed by all family members. We are amazed how much history, biographical material, and music are included in each work. Sebastian Bach, The Boy of Thuringia is the first complete work on the life of Bach ever written for children. Every important incident is mentioned and every detail of the story is true. It is filled with vivid descriptions of Bach's childhood: how he sat up many nights and copied music by the light of the moon, and how he walked two hundred miles to a choir school at Luneburg. Then his adult life: how he helped his wife Magdalena put the twenty children to bed every night; how he spread brown bread with honey for them to eat every afternoon; and how he taught them all to sing and play different musical instruments. The music reproduced here represents all of the different kinds of music that Bach ever wrote. A child can never really know music unless he knows Bach, for his contribution is the foundation and structural basis of all music. But it is more the human side of this book that will make it live, for in it the great master breathes. All who read it will know him...not only as a musical genius, but also as an eager child, an affectionate father, and a lovable human being. Price indication: $ 10.93
bookJaroslav Pelikan Bach Among the Theologians
Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2003-11; ISBN 1597522775; 172 pages Price indication: $ 16.89
bookThomas Benjamin and Johann Sebastian Bach The Craft of Tonal Counterpoint
Routledge, 2003; ISBN 0415943914; 432 pages
The Craft of Tonal Counterpoint is an introductory text to the analysis and composition of tonal counterpoint. Tonal counterpoint is the basis of all classical music composition; students of music theory and composition are all required to take a course on this topic. Using examples from the music of J.S. Bach - the master of this style - the author takes students through a series of carefully graded, cumulative exercises that stress both analysis and writing. Benjamin covers chromaticism and fugal writing in exceptional detail. The exercises cover a wide range of formats, including error detection, linear pitch reduction, analysis and composition. The book also incorporates a 100-page anthology of scores, effective for analysis, in-class performance, and compositional models. Price indication: $ 52.25
bookPeter Williams J.S. Bach: A Life in Music
Cambridge University Press, 2007-03-05; ISBN 0521870747; 418 pages
Peter Wiliams approaches afresh the life and music of arguably the most studied of all composers, interpreting both Bach's life by deconstructing his original Obituary in the light of new information, and his music by evaluating his priorities and irrepressible creative energy. How, though belonging to musical families on both his parents' sides, did he come to possess so bewitching a sense of rhythm and melody, and a mastery of harmony that established nothing less than a norm in western culture? In considering that the works of a composer are his biography, the book's title 'A Life in Music' means both a life spent making music and one revealed in the music as we know it. A distinguished scholar and performer, Williams re-examines Bach's life as an orphan and a family man, as an extraordinarily gifted composer and player, and an energetic and ambitious artist who never suffered fools gladly. Price indication: $ 20.48
bookDaniel R. Melamed and Michael Marissen An Introduction to Bach Studies
Oxford University Press, USA, 2006-02-02; ISBN 0195304926; 208 pages
An Introduction to Bach Studies is a comprehensive guide to the resources and materials of Bach scholarship, both for students beginning work in the enormous literature on J. S. Bach, and for the Bach specialist looking for a convenient and up-to-date survey of the field. Covering a broad range of both primary and secondary sources, well-known Bach scholars Daniel R. Melamed and Michael Marissen draw on their extensive research experience to describe the principal tools of Bach research and how to use them. With clear descriptions and explanations, the multiple bibliographies and tables help students and instructors quickly find the most appropriate sources on Bach's life, his repertory, approaches to his music, and many other topics. Additionally, this volume provides insights into potentially confusing sources and detailed information on the technical topics important to all Bach scholars. Concise and comprehensive, this user-friendly guide brings together useful bibliographic resources in one place, and is an indispensable resource for all who conduct research on Bach. Price indication: $ 1.97
bookDavid Yearsley Bach and the Meanings of Counterpoint (New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism)
Cambridge University Press, 2008-11-27; ISBN 0521090997; 276 pages
This book offers new interpretations of many of Bach's late compositions which include complex musical techniques such as canon. These techniques held great significance for Bach and his contemporaries not only on account of the great skill they demanded but because of the meanings attached to them. Intricate musical devices were crucial to the Lutheran rituals of death and dying, to alchemy, to Enlightenment philosophies of stylistic change and musical progress, to musical representations of political power, and to the legacy of Bach into our own time. Price indication: $ 31.62
bookDavid W. Barber and Dave Donald Bach, Beethoven and the Boys: Music History As It Ought to Be Taught
Sound & Vision Publishing, Ltd., 1996; ISBN 0920151108; 160 pages
To celebrate its 10th aniversary, Sound and Vision has prepared a special new edition, totally reformatted and updated by the author. Since its first publication a decade ago, this irreverent yet factual account of music history has become an internationally bestselling classic in the field of musical humor. Includes 35 illustrations. Price indication: $ 12.21
bookPeter Williams and Julian Rushton Bach: The Goldberg Variations (Cambridge Music Handbooks)
Cambridge University Press, 2001; ISBN 0521001935; 120 pages
Bach's spectacular Goldberg Variations represent a high point in the repertory of keyboard music, particularly for the harpsichord. This book takes a detailed look at how these variations originated, especially in relation to all Bach's ClavierÜbung volumes and late keyboard works, what their exceptionally intricate plan is, what kind of impact they have had, and how their mysterious beauty has been created. This guide to what was at the time the largest and most carefully conceived single work of keyboard music will appeal to students, performers and listeners. Price indication: $ 21.99
bookAlfred Dürr The Cantatas of J. S. Bach: With Their Librettos in German-English Parallel Text
Oxford University Press, USA, 2006-09-14; ISBN 0199297762; 984 pages
A work-by-work commentary on the Bach cantatas by one of the world's most famous Bach scholars, now available in English and in paperback for the first time. It includes all the cantata libretti in German-English parallel text. An indispensable reference book for anyone listening to, performing, or studying any of the Bach cantatas. Price indication: $ 77.49
bookPeter Williams The Organ Music of J. S. Bach
Cambridge University Press, 2003; ISBN 0521891159; 634 pages
Taking account of Bach scholarship of the past twenty-five years, the first two volumes of Peter Williams's classic study of Bach's organ works are fully revised. This work is a piece-by-piece commentary on this ever-popular repertoire, demonstrating the music's unique qualities and how we might hear and play it today. The book follows the order of the Bach catalog (BWV): beginning with the sonatas, followed by the "free works" and the chorales, and ending with the doubtful works, including the "newly discovered chorales" of 1985. Price indication: $ 30.38

Sheet music, libretti, etc.

371 Harmonized Chorales and 69 Chorale Melodies w/Figured Bass - G. Schirmer, Inc.

Bach / 371 Chorales / Volume 1 (Kalmus Edition) - Alfred Publishing Company

Bach 2 & 3 Part Inventions - Warner Brothers

Complete Preludes and Fugues for Organ - Dover Publications

French Suites: With Seven Supplementary Pieces for the Keyboard (Alfred Masterwork Edition) - Alfred Publishing Company

J.S. Bach for Electric Bass : Three Duets and Five Solo Pieces Arranged for Bass Guitar - Hal Leonard Corporation

Keyboard Music: The Bach-Gesellschaft Edition - Dover Publications

Mass in B Minor in Full Score - Dover Publications

Mass in B Minor in Full Score (Dover Miniature Scores) - Dover Publications

My First Book of Bach: Favorite Pieces in Easy Piano Arrangements (Dover Classical Music for Keyboard) - Dover Publications

Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach (Kalmus Edition) - Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.

St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244, in Full Score (Dover Miniature Scores) - Dover Publications

The Solo Cello Suites: Music for Viola Series (Music Sales America) - Chester Music

The Well Tempered Clavier: Books 1 and 2 Complete - Dover Publications

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and the Other Bach Transcriptions for Solo Piano - Dover Publications



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