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Music for a Mixed TasteStyle, Genre, and Meaning in Telemann’s Instrumental Works$
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Steven Zohn

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195169775

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195169775.001.0001

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Bach’s Debt Repaid with Interest: A Case Study of Transformative Imitation

Bach’s Debt Repaid with Interest: A Case Study of Transformative Imitation

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Music for a Mixed Taste
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Steven Zohn

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195169775.003.0005

This chapter explores the musical and aesthetic implications of Johann Sebastian Bach’s previously unrecognized borrowing from a movement by Telemann. To wit, the middle movement of Bach’s F-minor harpsichord concerto BWV 1056, justly celebrated as one of the composer’s “most memorable, singable melodies”, is substantially based upon the first movement of Telemann’s concerto for solo oboe or flute and strings, 51:G2. Unlike many intertextual correspondences that are perhaps too readily presumed to be borrowings, this one goes well beyond the sharing of common melodic and harmonic formulae to suggest a conscious modeling process.

Keywords:   Johann Sebastian Bach, singable melodies, borrowing

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