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Bach Interpretation : Articulation Marks in Primary Sources of J. S. Bach - John Butt

Bach Interpretation

Articulation Marks in Primary Sources of J. S. Bach

By: John Butt

Hardcover Published: 29th June 1990
ISBN: 9780521372398
Number Of Pages: 296

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This is the first comprehensive assessment of J. S. Bach's use of articulation marks (i.e. slurs and dots) in the large body of primary sources. Dr Butt analyses the role of such markings within the compositional process, how they relate to the norms of articulation of the period, and how they might assist us in a deeper understanding and evaluation of Bach's style. With its extensive catalogue of the most common slurring patterns based on a study of over 100 concerted vocal works, this book is invaluable both for performers on all baroque instruments, and for scholars with an interest in Bach's style and source studies. It also contributes to our perception of Bach's position in music history: the purpose of music in the Lutheran Germany of Bach's time and its rhetorical power; the close relationship between composer and performer within the context of 'practical' music; and the functions and development of notation.

List of plates
Preface
List of abbreviations
Introduction
Background to Articulation in the Performance Practice of Bach's Era
The primacy of singing
Articulation marks in string playing
Articulation marks in wind playing
Articulation marks in keyboard playing
Articulation marks and rhythmic inequality
The Principles of Bach's Notated Articulation: A Study of the Scores and Parts of the Concerted Vocal Works
Articulation marks within the compositional and notational procedure
Principal articulation patterns in the instrumental parts of vocal works
Fundamentals of Bach's notated articulation
Bach's Refined Articulation - The Instrumental Works
Bach's role in the preparation of printed sources
Articulation marks in fair copies of works for instrumental ensemble
Bach's keyboard articulation and the development of the keyboard idiom
Bach and 'modern' articulation: slurs as 'phrase marks'
Articulation marks in analysis and interpretation
Conclusion
Appendixes
Notes
References
Index of BMV works
Index of names
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ISBN: 9780521372398
ISBN-10: 0521372399
Series: Cambridge Musical Texts and Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 29th June 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.61