Bach's Famous Choir

Bach's Famous Choir

The Saint Thomas School in Leipzig, 1212-1804

Michael Maul

Translated by Richard Howe

Hardback
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Boydell Press

Overview

Overview

The musical, social and political history of the renowned St Thomas School and Church
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the cantors of the St. Thomas School and Church in Leipzig could be counted among the most significant German composers of their times. But what attracted these artists - from Seth Calvisius to J.S. Bach to Johann Adam Hiller - to the music school and choir and inspired them to explore new repertoire of the highest standing? And how did the cantors influence the musical profile of the school - a profile that often became a bone of contention between school and city hall?
The success of the St. Thomas School was not a foregone conclusion; its history is replete with challenges and setbacks as well as triumphs. The school was caught between the conflicting interests of enthusiastic mayors and townspeople, who wanted to showcase the city's musical culture, and opposing parties, including jealous rectors and elitist sponsors, who argued for the traditional subordination of the cantorate to the school system.
Drawing on many new, recently discovered sources, Michael Maul explores the phenomenon of the St Thomas School. He shows how cantors, local luminaries and municipal politicians overcame the School's detractors to make it a remarkable success, with a world-famous choir. Illuminating the social and political history of the cantorate and the musical life of an important German city, the book will be of interest to scholars of Baroque music and J.S. Bach, cultural historians, choral directors, and musicologists and performers studying historical performance practice.

MICHAEL MAUL is Senior Scholar at the Bach-Archiv Leipzig and lecturer in musicology at the universities of Leipzig/Halle. He is also the artistic director of the annual Leipzig Bach Festival.

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Details

November 2018
68 black and white illustrations
462 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781783271696
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BIC AVGC2, 1DFG, 2AB
BISAC MUS006000, MUS048000
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Table of Contents

Introduction
From Monastery to Municipal Music School 1212-1593
How the St. Thomas School Became a Music School 1594-1640
'Famous Throughout the Whole World of Music' 1640-1701
'Odd authorities with Little Interest in Music': the St. Thomas School in Crisis 1701-1730
School for Scholars or 'Conservatory of Music'? An ongoing conflict 1730-1804
Appendices
Bibliography

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