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Recently Rediscovered Sources of Music of the Bach Family in the Breitkopf Archive

Christine Blanken

in Bach Perspectives, Volume 11

Published by University of Illinois Press

Published in print November 2017 | ISBN: 9780252041488
Published online September 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780252050084 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5622/illinois/9780252041488.003.0005
Recently Rediscovered Sources of Music of the Bach Family in the Breitkopf Archive

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This chapter treats newly discovered Bach manuscripts found in the archive of the Leipzig firm Breitkopf & Härtel, which was the most influential music publisher in eighteenth century Europe. Highlights include J. S. Bach’s autograph entries in early Weimar keyboard sources (Toccatas BWV 913/914); sources copied during J. S. Bach’s Leipzig period; and important new sources of instrumental works by three Bach sons. The manuscripts not only illustrate the performance repertoire of Leipzig music societies, such as the Gewandhaus concerts, during the mid-eighteenth century and after Sebastian Bach’s death, but also document the Breitkopf firm’s music distribution activities.

Keywords: Bach autograph; Bach family; manuscripts; Breitkopf; Gewandhaus; Leipzig; music distribution; music societies; performance

Chapter.  14525 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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