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By Paul Henry Lang

Simply because I spent my adolescence in Leipzig, a urban which resounds with echoes of Bach and the complete musical global, i've got constantly had the assumption of 1 day getting ready a pictorial historical past of track. This current ebook is the outcome; it combines parts of my specialist existence as a photo historian and my deepest existence as a contented lover of music.
A pictorial heritage of song can by no means be basically an image album, despite the fact that, for no quantity of illustrative fabric can on its own create a significant landscape of track. There has to be, as well as images, an intrinsic plan, a unified viewpoint which the reader can take hold of and use to accomplish comprehension

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In was 1703 the eighteen-year-old Bach appointed court violinist in the ducal orchestra at Weimar, and in the same year he received the more comfortable position new church in Arnstadt. new organ, with duties not of organist of the Master of a fine at all taxing and with a good salary, he was ideally placed for creative activity. After a couple of years' service, he took a leave of absence to go on a pilgrimage to Liibeck to hear Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707), the greatest organ master of the period.

In Germany he — monody, — Italian Europe. was deeply impressed by the Schiitz certo all tonal of the Venetians, until the When death of he returned to translated the Venetian ideas polychoral writing, and the con- into his native idiom. music is The spell of his greatest age when other people The aged careers. works at an finish their earthly master, himself passionately pressive, were set in Like Monteverdi, Haydn, and Verdi, Heinrich Schiitz (1585-1672) studied in deeply soil. for who had the declared brilliant, ex- and modern music which ema- nated from Italy, eventually returned to the Germanic forebears.

A host of great artists. musicians, thoroughly versed in the art of Claudio Merulo (1533-1604), first of the great organ virtuosi. His performances excited boundadmiration. less Organ and Barocjue the Tugal Style During the baroque, the violin assumed a star role in the orchestra. Yet the strings were limited organ, with in range and body. The dynamic range and great va- its riety of color combinations, instrument par excellence was the Baroque — and in spite of the seemingly archaic nature of the chief literature.

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