Bach and Mozart
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15th September 2019

356 Pages

15.24 x 22.86 cm

7 b/w. 90 line. Illustrations

Series: Eastman Studies in Music

Imprint: University of Rochester Press

Bach and Mozart

Essays on the Enigma of Genius

by Robert L. Marshal

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Interpretive and biographical essays by a major authority on Bach and Mozart probe for clues to the driving forces and experiences that shaped the character and the extraordinary artistic achievements of these iconic composers.
2020 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award Winner

The essays in this volume, by one of America's leading authorities on Bach and Mozart, serve a single objective: to promote a deeper understanding of those two great composers both as supremely gifted creators and as human beings. Author Robert L. Marshall draws on a diverse range of interpretive strategies including both textual and musical criticism. Life and work are treated together, just as they were intermingled for the composers.

After a preliminary historiographical contemplation of the "Century of Bach and Mozart," fifteen numbered chapters follow in roughly chronological succession. Among the issues addressed: the artistic consequences of Bach's orphanhood, his relationship to Martin Luther, his attitude toward Jews, his relationship to his sons, the stages of his stylistic development, and his position in the history of music; and, moving to Mozart, the composer's portrayal in Amadeus, his wit, his indebtedness to J. S. Bach, and aspects of his compositional process.

The volume concludes with a factually informed speculation about what Mozart is likely to have done and to have composed, had he lived on for another decade or more.

ROBERT L. MARSHALL is Sachar Professor of Music emeritus, Brandeis University.
Prologue: The Century of Bach and Mozart as a Music-Historical Epoch: A Different Argument for the Proposition
Young Man Bach: Toward a Twenty-First-Century Bach Biography
The Notebooks for Wilhelm Friedemann and Anna Magdalena Bach: Some Biographical Lessons
Bach and Luther
Redeeming the St. John Passion--and J. S. Bach
Bach's Keyboard Music
The Minimalist and Traditionalist Approaches to Performing Bach's Choral Music: Some Further Thoughts
Truth and Beauty: J. S. Bach at the Crossroads of Cultural History
Bach at Mid-Life: The Christmas Oratorio and the Search for New Paths
Bach at the Boundaries of Music History: Preliminary Reflections on the B-Minor Mass and the Late-Style Paradigm
Father and Sons: Confronting a Uniquely Daunting Paternal Legacy
Johann Christian Bach and Eros
Bach and Mozart: Styles of Musical Genius
Mozart and Amadeus
Bach and Mozart's Artistic Maturity
Mozart's Unfinished: Some Lessons of the Fragments
Epilogue (ossia Postmortem). Had Mozart Lived Longer: Some Cautious (and Incautious) Speculations
Bibliography
Notes
"One finds throughout the book many.quotable aperçus [such as this:]. 'In the uncompromising, intricate stylistic and expressive musical idiom of Bach, Mozart . . . had come to recognize a hitherto largely unacknowledged and undeveloped part of his own musical personality.' Marshall helps us understand both." EARLY MUSIC AMERICA
"Wonderful subject[s], which Marshall handles with characteristic mastery . . . Marshall speculates, not implausibly, that Mozart at some point would have come to the New World -- to America. I think he would have loved it, and it him. This is fun stuff. And Professor Marshall throughout his book is learned, meticulous, and deep." NEW CRITERION
"Robert Marshall's Bach and Mozart is the summation of a life spent in the service of these two giants of 18th century music. Prof. Marshall blends scrupulous scholarship with a keen sense of aesthetics, shedding light on myriad aspects of both composers. Readers seeking enlightenment in hitherto unexplored directions will find this essential work stimulating and enlightening."
"What is a genius? What makes a composer great? In this captivating and erudite collection of essays, Robert Marshall approaches some of the biggest questions about the two greatest composers of the eighteenth century, Bach and Mozart. In a fascinating polyphony of methodological approaches, from biography to style criticism to cultural studies, Marshall paints a new, sometimes provocative image of the two composers and their works. The book provides a fresh perspective for musicologists and performers and for admirers of Bach and Mozart."
"What a delightful, stimulating, brilliant collection of essays! Sometimes playful and humorous, often profound, always intelligent, with many surprising insights into the personalities of two great composers and wonderfully evocative descriptions of some of their finest music. Robert Marshall writes beautifully, with crystal-clear, jargon-free prose throughout."

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Title Details

15th September 2019

356 Pages

1.52 x 2.29 cm

7 b/w. 90 line. Illustrations

Series: Eastman Studies in Music

Imprint: University of Rochester Press