The Musical Charlatan

The Musical Charlatan

Johann Kuhnau

Translated by John R. Russell

Introduction by James Hardin


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Camden House



First English translation of one of the first realistic novels written in German. Beyond the humor of the work there is a mass of detail on musical issues and practices in the 17th century.
This first English translation of a late Baroque German novel makes available one of the most interesting and entertaining works of the seventeenth century. Kuhnau, a noted musician, composer and editor, writes in an unusually realistic style, describing the chequered career of the charlatan Caraffa, who believes that in order to succeed in the musical world in Germany, one must pretend to be an Italian. His tricks and deceptions, which his German colleagues see through with little difficulty, provide memorable comic scenes, and at the same time the book gives an informative picture of every-day life, especially that of the contemporary musical world in particular.


September 1997
186 pages
22.8x15.2 in
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
ISBN: 9781571131423
Format: Hardback
Camden House
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"The Musical Charlatan is a highly recommended literary and historical work of great appeal for modern readers." THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

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