xvii, 599 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ML410.B1 W793 2001
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (p. -554) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Prologue: Bach and the notion of "musical science" Springs of musical talent and lifelong influences: Eisenach, 1685-1695 Laying the foundations: Ohrdruf, 1695-1700 Bypassing a musical apprenticeship: from Lüneburg to Weimar, 1700-1703 Building a reputation: organist in Arnstadt and Mühlhausen, 1703-1708 Exploring "every possible artistry": court organist and Cammer Musicus in Weimar, 1708-1714 Expanding musical horizons: concertmaster in Weimar, 1714-1717 Pursing "the musical contest for superiority": capellmeister in Cöthen, 1717-1723 Redefining a venerable office: cantor and music director in Leipzig: the 1720s Musician and scholar: counterpoint of practice and theory Traversing conventional boundaries: special engagements: the 1730s A singing bird and carnations for the lady of the house: domestic and professional life Contemplating past, present, and future: the final decade: the 1740s Epilogue: Bach and the idea of "musical perfection".