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Notes on Bach’s Clavierübung (1739)

The 1730s were characterized by two factors for Bach. The first was the recurrance of squabbles with civic and school authorities over the prerogatives of his office. For example, in late 1728 a clergyman demanded the right to choose the Vespers hymns, something the Cantor had always done. Bach reacted strongly, saying his rights had…

William Byrd, Father of Music

Matthew J. Hall, harpsichord and organ Music by William Byrd (c. 1539–1623) Fantasia in C, BK 25 Fantasia in C, BK 27 Pavan and Galliard in a, BK 16 Pavan and Galliard: Ph. Tregian [in F], BK 60 Walsingham, BK 8 – pause – Fantasia in d, BK 46 Clarifica me, Pater, BK 47–49 Gloria…

Louis Couperin, de Grigny, and Bach

Matthew J. Hall, organ “In the art of the organ, he took the works of Bruhns, Reincken, Buxtehude, and several good French organists as models.” So wrote Johann Friedrich Agricola and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach in 1754 in Johann Sebastian Bach’s obituary. C. P. E. Bach reiterated this in 1775 when he wrote to Johann…

Yield Troubled Shadows: Bach and Modern Society

Project Synopsis Where does the church music of J. S. Bach belong in today’s world? Originally written to serve as “musical sermons” in the context of Lutheran church services, Bach’s cantatas were intended to provide listeners the opportunity for ethical reflection and inspire them to right action. Might something of that ethical function still be…