Bach's Instrumental Music
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Mannes College The New School for Music
Department: Graduate Seminars
Course Number: CCSM 5076
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Music History, Theory & Criticism
- Musical Analysis
This seminar explores J. S. Bach’s instrumental music concentrating on the following issues: What sorts of instrumental music did Bach compose? For what purposes? What structural and stylistic traits characterize Bach’s instrumental music? How did the instruments Bach wrote for differ from today’s instruments? What differentiates Bach’s music from that of his contemporaries? What does it signify that Bach’s music was considered old-fashioned when he died, but that ever since a generation after his death, his music has been extraordinarily influential? What do these (and other) issues have to do with playing Bach’s music today? Works to be studied include "The Well-Tempered Clavier," the solo works for violin, the Brandenburg Concertos, keyboard suites, the Inventions, and perhaps a cantata movement.
Open to Mannes College students.