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Table of Contents Acknowledgments Preface: Approaching Bach What Do We Know about Bach? The Grand Old Men of Bach Biography: Forkel, Spitta, Schweitzer Transmission of the Works Part 1: The Stations of Bach¿s Life From Matins Singer to Hofkapellmeister Eisenach Ohrdruf Lüneburg Arnstadt Mühlhausen Weimar Cöthen Cantor at St. Thomas and City Music Director in Leipzig The Position and Its New Occupant The Early Years in Leipzig The Middle Leipzig Period: ¿Court Composer¿ Director of the Collegium Musicum and Composer of Secular Music Aesthetic Controversies, Private Initiatives The Later Leipzig Years: The Universalist The Bach Household Part 2: The Vocal Music The Early Cantatas and Weimar The Leipzig Cantatas The Passions Secular Cantatas and the Christmas Oratorio The Magnificat and the Masses The Motets Part 3: The Instrumental Works The Art of the Toccata The Organ Chorales The Cöthen Demonstration Cycles: Inventions and Sinfonias, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Six Solos for Violin The Concertos The Sonatas and Suites The Late Cycles The Goldberg Variations The Art of Fugue The Musical Offering Part 4: Horizons Bach¿s Art Bach as a Christian Rhetoric and Emblematics Proportions and Numerical Relations in Bach¿s Music Theological Bach Research between Scholarship and Faith-Inspired Learning Notes List of Compositions Sources of Plates Bibliography Index of Names
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Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750 -- Criticism and interpretation.