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Bach's Works for Solo Violin: Style, Structure, Performance

Joel Lester

Abstract

The structural and stylistic features of Johann Sebastian Bach's sonatas and partitas for solo violin, and the history of these works, are the focus of this book. Historical topics include Bach as a violinist, the autograph score of the work, the published editions, and the history of performance traditions. Eighteenth-century notions of thoroughbass, harmony, keys, counterpoint, cadences, and rhetoric are the basis of Bach's music, from point-to-point musical continuity to the shape of the construction of movements. A general principle underlying all Bach's music is the heightening of activit ... More

Keywords: Johann Sebastian Bach, solo-violin works, performance, heightening activity, thoroughbass, counterpoint, rhetoric

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780195120974
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195120974.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joel Lester, author
Mannes College of Music

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