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Vaughan Williams on Music$
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David Manning

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.001.0001

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Bach and Schumann

Bach and Schumann

(p.129) Chapter 28 Bach and Schumann
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

There are at present very few musicians who think that Johann Sebastian Bach is merely learned, or that learning and emotion cannot go hand in hand. Nevertheless, even now, the whole nature of Bach's work is often misunderstood. However, it cannot be mere coincidence that Bach's music, which had so long lain dormant, underwent such a revival in the time of Robert Schumann. It was, in truth, at once the symbol and the proof of the close bond of unity which existed between the Leipzig schools of the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries—a unity not of form only, but of spirit also; so that when Schumann acknowledged his indebtedness to Bach, he was not simply naming his counterpoint master, but was indicating the true founder of the romantic school. It would be a poor argument to claim Bach as the inventor of musical romanticism merely on the grounds that Schumann admired him.

Keywords:   Johann Sebastian Bach, learning, emotion, Robert Schumann, Leipzig schools, romantic school, musical romanticism, music

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