The musician in literature in the age of Bach / Stephen Rose.

  • First paperback edition.
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press 2014
Physical description
ix, 237 pages : illustrations, map, music ; 25 cm
  • 9781107428041 (pbk.)
  • 1107428041 (pbk.)
  • Originally published: 2011.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 214-230) and index.
  • Machine generated contents note: Introduction; 1. Literary contexts: the German Baroque novel; 2. The musician as picaresque outcast; 3. The musician as honourable craftsman; 4. Musical fools versus virtuosos; 5. From harmony to discord; 6. The first German autobiographies of musicians; Bibliography.
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  • "Using novels and autobiographies from Bach's Germany, Stephen Rose suggests new ways of interpreting the lives and social status of musicians. The study focuses on satirical novels written by musicians that describe the lives of performers and composers, as well as the autobiographies of Bach's contemporaries. These narratives represent musicians variously as picaresque outcasts, honourable craft-workers, foolish bunglers and respected virtuosos. They probe the lives of musicians considered taboo or aberrant in the period, such as street entertainers and Italian castratos. The novels and autobiographies also reveal two major debates that shaped the mindset and social identity of musicians: was music a sensual or rational craft, and should musicians integrate within society or be regarded as outsiders? Quoting from an array of little-known novels, this book shows how an interdisciplinary approach can transform our understanding of Bach and his contemporaries"--

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University of Birmingham Libraries: Main Library, Collection ML3849
British Library: General Reference Collection, St Pancras Reading Rooms YC.2011.b.841
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University of Cambridge Libraries: Pendlebury Library of Music: Main Library Pb.519.20A.R1
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University of Cambridge Libraries: Hughes Hall Library: Main Library 830.93578 ROS
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Durham University Library: Bill Bryson Library, Level 2 830.11 ROS
University of Edinburgh Libraries: Main Library (STANDARD LOAN) - 3rd floor PT295 Ros.
King's College London Library: Maughan Library, Chancery Lane : [Humanities books] PT295 ROS Four week
University of Leeds Library: Brotherton Library, Main floor 1 German F-0.34 ROS
University of Liverpool Library: Sydney Jones Library PT295.R79 0
University of Manchester Library: Main Library: Blue Area Floor 3 830.9
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Open University Library: First Floor Open Shelves 830.93578 ROS
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University of Oxford Libraries: Magdalen College Library: Longwall Library 830.9 ROS
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