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Bach Perspectives, Volume 11J. S. Bach and His Sons$
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Mary Oleskiewicz

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041488

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041488.001.0001

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Voices and Invoices

Voices and Invoices

The Hamburg Vocal Ensemble of C. P. E. Bach

(p.113) Voices and Invoices
Bach Perspectives, Volume 11

Evan Cortens

University of Illinois Press

This chapter takes a detailed view of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s singers, vocal performance materials, and pay records in Hamburg. Particular attention is paid to the occasional choral music for which both pay records (from the Hamburg Rechnungsbuch der Kirchenmusik [D-Hsa, Hs.462]) and vocal parts survive, especially the cantatas written for the installation of pastors at the Hamburg churches. While noting that there are several fascinating examples indicating the sharing of single parts by multiple singers, Cortens ultimately concludes that as in most other parts of Germany of the time, one singer per part was the norm for Bach’s performances of liturgical music after 1767.

Keywords:   Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, choral music, Hamburg, performance, primary sources, liturgical music, singers, performing parts

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