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By Paul Henry Lang

Simply because I spent my early life in Leipzig, a urban which resounds with echoes of Bach and the complete musical global, i've got continuously had the assumption of 1 day getting ready a pictorial heritage of song. This current booklet is the end result; it combines components of my specialist lifestyles as a photograph historian and my deepest lifestyles as a contented lover of music.
A pictorial heritage of tune can by no means be in simple terms an image album, although, for no quantity of illustrative fabric can on its own create a significant landscape of tune. There needs to be, as well as images, an intrinsic plan, a unified perspective which the reader can snatch and use to accomplish comprehension

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Over members were actively engaged unrivaled its the musical profession, and a number them were among the great masters One branch art. city of Erfurt of their many good organists and town musicians that they were called when there was no longer family name among them. fame seemed to mean little 1717 left in to become court conductor As conductor music for court during many of an eighteen-piece or- charged with furnishing chamber chestra this festivities, period Bach produced much chamber music and concertos, including The Brandenburg Concertos.

There were ing those in the convents 1678 the especially and in private and colleges. In thirty comedies houses in Rome. the end of the 17th century, over three hundred and performed fifty different operas had been in the sixteen theaters of Venice. The fact that the city less than 150,000 offers a standard against had a population which we can judge the extent of of this oper- atic craze. Opera achieved new power form and in the its as an art Alessandro Scarlatti, leader of hands of the Neapolitan school leading spirit, Scarlatti's influence and radiated Alessandro was to France, felt all the Neapolitan school of Scarlatti.

39 Johann Sebastian Bach. Detail from Bach monument 40 at Leipzig. Jobann Sebastian Bach Toward the end of the 17th century, tween the two great cultural Italian territories of German music with church music, ecstatic of German more brilliant, Although many north was and more intimate, from innovations the The Germany accorded never opera the prominence it and France, except Hamburg, in duet, in and a process the the two Cantatas and was accomPassions of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), whose work represents the final synthesis of all that the Baroque gave to music.

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