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By Gregory S Butler PhD, George Stauffer, Mary Dalton Greer

That Johann Sebastian Bach is a pivotal determine within the historical past of Western song is not often information, and the significance of his fulfillment is so substantial that it may be tough to understand. In About Bach, fifteen students express that Bach's significance extends from choral to orchestral song, from sacred song to musical parodies, and in addition to his scribes and scholars, his predecessors and successors. additional, the members show a variety of musicological methods, starting from shut reviews of Bach's offerings of musical shape and libretto to wider analyses of the historic and cultural backgrounds that impinged upon his creations and their lasting impact. 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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That Johann Sebastian Bach is a pivotal determine within the heritage of Western tune is rarely information, and the significance of his fulfillment is so substantial that it may be tough to know. In approximately Bach, fifteen students express that Bach's value extends from choral to orchestral tune, from sacred song to musical parodies, and in addition to his scribes and scholars, his predecessors and successors.

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38 At the beginning of Psalms 50 and 73, Calov describes Asaph as “the inspired prophet and song master” and “the inspired Capellmeister of David,”39 characterizations that surely resonated with Bach. ”40 I believe that Bach’s affinity for Asaph went beyond historical curiosity, however. For Bach, Asaph represented an inspired composer-performer appointed by King David41 through God’s direction. In this context it is noteworthy that Olearius mentions the titles of “Capellmeister” and “Directore Chori Musici”—positions Bach held for many years—twice in his commentary on First Chronicles.

V. 2. Unter den Kindern Assaph war / Sacur / Joseph / Nethanja / Asarela . . Kinder Assaph unter Assaph / (der war ihr Vater / der sie unterwiese / und eben auch ihr Auffsäher und Sangmeister) der da weissaget bey dem Könige. (von geistlichen Sachen aus GOttes Wort / oder auch aus Eingebung des Geistes GOttes lehrete / und für dem Könige davon sang / und spielete 2. Sam. XIX. ) v. 3. Von Jedithun: Die Kinder Jedithun waren Gedalja / Zori . . / Jesaja / Hasabja / Mathithia / (und Simri v. ) die sechse unter ihrem Vater Jedithun / mit Harffen / die da weissageten zu dancken / und zu loben den HErrn.

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