Johann Sebastian: A Tercentenary Celebration

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NOTES
1.
Bach-Dokumente [hereafter referred to as BD], herausgegeben vom Bach-Archiv Leipzig . . . ( 3 vols., edited by Werner Neumam and Hans-Joachim Schulze , Leipzig, Basel, etc., 1963- 1972: I, Schriftstücke von der Hand Johann Sebastian Bachs; II, Fremdschriftliche und gedruckte Dokumente zur Lebensgeschichte Johann Sebastian Bach 1685 - 1750; III, Dokumente zum Nachwirken Johann Sebastian Bachs 1750 - 1800), vol. I, document 92, pp. 177-76.
3.
Many authors since Bach's day have made note of this fact, including Philipp Spitta, Johann Sebastian Bach, Fünftes Buch 2, Leipzig 1930, p. 15; Charles Sandford Terry, Bach; a biography, Oxford 1962, pp. 160-1; and Arnold Schering, Musikgeschichte Leipzigs von 1723 - 1800 (vol. III in the three-vol. study by Wustmann and Schering), Leipzig 1941, p. 43. Yet, as we shall see, none but the earliest have made it clear that on the principal Sundays and feast days Bach was obliged to take his erster Charles Sandford Terry, Bach; a biography, Oxford 1962, pp. 160-61. Yet, as we shall see, none but the earliest have made it clear that on the principal Sundays and feast days Bach was obliged to take his erster Chor from one to the other Hauptkirchen for a repeat performance of the Figuralmusik. A number of highly reputable and famous modern Bach scholars and performers, when approached with the preliminary facts in this matter, displayed a certain amount of incredulity if not scepticism. Yet, most of the surviving facts that are now known support the original contention and verify Bach's own statements.
4.
Strictly speaking, the date for the Ratswahl Gottesdienst was determined by the day on which the Feast of St. Bartholemew fell (August 24). On the Sunday immediately preceding the feast day the Leipzig parishioners were informed from the church pulpits about the choice of the new town council. The official ceremonies and service of installation in St. Nicolai, however, were always held on the Monday immediately following St. Bartholomew's Day, which, as it happens, was always the last Monday of the month.
5.
"The Cantor of St. Thomas's, in light of his official Sunday and feast day obligations, was in no way in a position to take on also the direction of the music in the University Church without harm or disorder, inasmuch as at very nearly the same time he had to conduct the music in the churches of St. Thomas and St. Nicolai." ( BD I; p. 34ff).
6.
"The Cantor on the contrary can leave after taking care of the music and is not needed to be present for the chorales at the end of the service, as was also the custom at the time of the late Kuhnau, who discharged his duties extremely well in both [churches] without vexation or disorder." ( BD I p. 35).
7.
From Picanders Ernst=Schertzhaffte und Satÿrische Gedichte, Dritter Theil, Leipzig . . . 1732, p. 79. Facs. in Sämtliche von Johann Sebastian Bach vertonte Texte, ed. Werner Neumann. Leipzig 1974, p. 326 ff.
8.
Facsimile in Neumann, p. 420.
9.
Facsimile in Neumann 1974, p. 448.

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Table of contents

  • Recent Titles in Contributions to the Study of Music and Dance ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • 1: The Contemporizing of Scripture in the Cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach 5
  • 2: J. S. Bach: The Flauto and the Traverso 11
  • 3: An Odd Couple: J. S. Bach and A. S. Huxley 19
  • 4: Hemiola in the Eighteenth Century 23
  • Notes 32
  • Notes 122
  • Index 157
  • About the Editor and Contributors 161
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