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Bach Perspectives, Volume 9J. S. Bach and His German Contemporaries$
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Andrew Talle

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038136

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038136.001.0001

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“He Liked to Hear the Music of Others”

“He Liked to Hear the Music of Others”

Individuality and Variety in the Works of Bach and His German Contemporaries

(p.1) “He Liked to Hear the Music of Others”
Bach Perspectives, Volume 9

Wolfgang Hirschmann

University of Illinois Press

Those seeking to understand Bach and his music in the context of his time face an apparently intractable situation: studying Bach's music in reference only to itself seems a logical impossibility. However, relating Bach to his German contemporaries will produce only misunderstandings. This chapter outlines some means for making the situation tractable by identifying the premises required for understanding Bach and his German contemporaries, rather than one or the other. It proposes taking a kind of ethnological perspective on Bach's music and the different cultural webs into which it has been incorporated in the past and in which it is embedded in the present.

Keywords:   J. S. Bach, classical music, German composers, ethnological perspective, cultural webs

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