By Gregory S Butler PhD, George Stauffer, Mary Dalton Greer
That Johann Sebastian Bach is a pivotal determine within the historical past of Western track is hardly ever information, and the importance of his success is so big that it may be tricky to understand. In About Bach, fifteen students exhibit that Bach's significance extends from choral to orchestral song, from sacred track to musical parodies, and likewise to his scribes and scholars, his predecessors and successors. extra, the individuals display a range of musicological ways, starting from shut experiences of Bach's offerings of musical shape and libretto to wider analyses of the old and cultural backgrounds that impinged upon his creations and their lasting impression. This quantity makes major contributions to Bach biography, interpretation, pedagogy, and performance.
Contributors are Gregory G. Butler, Jen-Yen Chen, Alexander J. Fisher, Mary Dalton Greer, Robert Hill, Ton Koopman, Daniel R. Melamed, Michael Ochs, Mark Risinger, William H. Scheide, Hans-Joachim Schulze, Douglass Seaton, George B. Stauffer, Andrew Talle, and Kathryn Welter.
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35 Both Leaver and Trautmann note the importance of Bach’s annotation next to the summary of First Chronicles 25, mentioned above. However, Bach’s observation refers to the entire chapter—“Dieses Capitel”—not just the first verse. His comment not only provides insights into his concept of church music that will find favor with the Lord, but also into his view of himself as a fellow member of a divinely-ordained musical dynasty. Verses 1-31 of First Chronicles 25, together with Calov’s commentary, read: v.
It would be hard to imagine a more appropriate text for the nuptial celebration of two members of the Bach family, nearly all of whom were employed as church musicians. Psalm 115, the basis of Cantata 196, most probably held special significance for Bach because it refers to the House of Aaron in Verse 12. Luther’s summary of Psalm 115 is the only Psalm commentary in the Calov Bible that contains the phrase “we singers” (“wir Sänger”). 55 Another Bible published in Altenburg and Jena five years earlier56 contains a nearly identical summary of the Psalm, suggesting that even if Bach did not have access to the Calov Bible as early as 1707, Luther’s summary of the Psalm with its reference to “Sänger” would have been available to him in other sources.
Moreover, by entitling the genealogy “Origin of the Bach Family of Musicians” (“Ursprung der musicalisch-Bachischen Familie”) rather than simply, “Origin of the Bach Family,” he signals that the Bach clan is a musical dynasty. Indeed, in his entries in the genealogy he focuses on the professional achievements of his relatives rather than their personal lives. Every entry contains a remark by Bach on the nature of each famly member’s talent and professional position. 17 greer In addition, it is evident that Bach conveyed to his children that most family members were church musicians and that this was a significant characteristic of the Bach clan.