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Bach and the Riddle of the Number Alphabet

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In 1947 the theologian and musicologist Friedrich Smend published a study which claimed that J. S. Bach regularly employed the natural-order number alphabet (A=1 to Z=24) in his works. Smend provided historical evidence and music examples to support his theory which demonstrated that by this means Bach incorporated significant words into his music, and provided himself with a symbolic compositional scheme. Since then many people have taken up Smend's theory, interpreting numbers of bars and notes in Bach scores according to the natural-order alphabet. By presenting a thorough survey of different number alphabets and their uses in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Germany, Dr Tatlow investigates the plausibility of Smend's claims. Her new evidence fundamentally challenges Smend's conclusions and the book sounds a note of caution to all who continue to use his number-alphabet theory. Dr Tatlow's painstaking research will fascinate all those with an interest in the music of J. S. Bach and German Baroque culture, and will be of particular importance for music historians and analysts.

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Dr Tatlow's painstaking research will fascinate all those with an interest in the music of J. S. Bach and German Baroque culture, and will be of particular importance for music historians and analysts.

Synopsis:

In 1947 Friedrich Smend published a study claiming that J. S. Bach used a natural-order alphabet (A = 1 to Z = 24) in his works. He demonstrated that Bach incorporated significant words into his music, and provided himself with a symbolic compositional theme. Here, Dr Tatlow investigates the plausibility of Smend's claims with new evidence, challenging Smend's conclusions.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Friedrich Smend; 2. Number alphabets; 3. The poetical paragram; 4. A musical paragram?; 5. Links to Bach; Appendixes; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521028011
Author:
Tatlow, Ruth
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Ruth, Tatlow
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
History & Criticism - By Composer
Subject:
Bach, Johann Sebastian
Subject:
Symbolism in music
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
Bach, Johann Sebastian, --1685-1750--Criticis
Subject:
Individual Composer & Musician
Subject:
Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Symbolism of numbers in music
Subject:
Music-Individual Composer and Musician
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 b/w illus.
Pages:
204
Dimensions:
9.21x6.14x.43 in. .64 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In 1947 Friedrich Smend published a study claiming that J. S. Bach used a natural-order alphabet (A = 1 to Z = 24) in his works. He demonstrated that Bach incorporated significant words into his music, and provided himself with a symbolic compositional theme. Here, Dr Tatlow investigates the plausibility of Smend's claims with new evidence, challenging Smend's conclusions.
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