Bach and the High Baroque

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Teaching Co.,
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[2003]
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If you were sent to a desert island and could take along the music of just a single composer, whose would it be? The three most popular "survivors" appear to be Mozart, Beethoven, and Johann Sebastian Bach. Richard Wagner-assuming he could not take his own!-would probably have chosen Bach's works, because he deemed them "the most stupendous wonder in all music." Gioacchino Rossini might also have opted for Bach, having written, "If Beethoven is a prodigy among men... Bach is a miracle of God." With Professor Robert Greenberg as your guide, you will explore musical structures of awesome beauty, both hauntingly simple and stunningly elaborate, at times intimately personal and at other times grandly communal-music displaying a variety that few composers can even begin to rival, and of a technical perfection that is almost without parallel. Whether you're a devoted Bach admirer or just familiar with his most performed works, these lectures will help you hear with new ears. You'll be richly rewarded with fascinating insights. You'll understand as never before why, when all of Bach's surviving works were finally published, no less an authority than Johannes Brahms deemed that event one of the two most important in his lifetime. Only the unification of Germany, said Brahms, belonged in the same class. You will learn how Bach's background and his strong German Lutheran heritage shaped his development as an artist. You will marvel as you learn how Bach created music that is unexcelled in technical perfection and transparency, yet has so much power, expressiveness, and spiritual impact that it endures as one of the crowning glories of human creativity. The music of Bach, especially when compared to what came before, is extravagant and unbridled. Yet every aspect of it-beat, melody, melodic repetition, interaction, and harmony-is also magnificently controlled. His works are encyclopedic, encompassing every form then current in Western music. With Professor Robert Greenberg's expert instruction, you will understand precisely how Bach's genius raises these forms to their pinnacle, achieving an unprecedented fullness of artistic realization within each of them. Little wonder then, that Bach's death in 1750 also marks the end of the Baroque period.
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