Update
The Oxford Biblical Studies Online and Oxford Islamic Studies Online have retired. Content you previously purchased on Oxford Biblical Studies Online or Oxford Islamic Studies Online has now moved to Oxford Reference, Oxford Handbooks Online, Oxford Scholarship Online, or What Everyone Needs to Know®. For information on how to continue to view articles visit the subscriber services page.
Dismiss

You are looking at 1-20 of 234 entries  for:

  • All: Johann Sebastian Bach x
clear all

View:

Overview

Johann Sebastian Bach

Subject: Music

(b Eisenach, 1685; d Leipzig, 1750). Ger. composer and organist. Son of Johann Ambrosius Bach, organist and town musician, J. S. Bach was orphaned at the age of 10 and went to ...

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685–1750)   Reference library

Mark Porter

The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (4 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2022
Subject:
Religion
Length:
484 words

...Bach: The Learned Musician (New York, 2013). A. Dürr , The Cantatas of J. S. Bach (Kassel, 1971; Eng. tr. Oxford, 2005). G. Stiller , Johann Sebastian Bach und das Leipziger gottesdienstliche Leben seiner Zeit (Kassel (1970); Eng. tr., St Louis (1984)). M. Petzoldt (ed.), Bach als Ausleger der Bibel (Göttingen, 1985). J. [J.] Pelikan , Bach among the Theologians (Philadelphia, 1986). R. Steiger , Gnadengegenwart: Johann Sebastian Bach im Kontext lutherischer Orthodoxie und Frömmigkeit (Stuttgart, 2002). J. Butt , Bach’s Dialogue with...

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685–1750)   Reference library

Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011

..., Johann Sebastian ( 1685–1750 ), German composer . Although George Eliot refers to Bach infrequently, he features in her poem ‘Stradivarius’. She approved of the Bach Choir of London (founded in 1875 by Jenny *Lind 's husband, Otto Goldschmidt), enjoying the spectacle of fashionable people—with Jenny Lind in the middle of them—‘taking pains to sing fine music in tune and time’ ( L vi. 321). See also Music ....

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685–1750)([Mus.])   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Reference and Allusion (3 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Language reference
Length:
78 words

..., Johann Sebastian [Mus.] ( 1685–1750 ) A German composer and organist , the outstanding representative of German baroque music. Bach was a master of counterpoint and developed the fugue form (in which a succession of parts or voices are interwoven) to a high art. > Mentioned in the context of complex musical patterns The music of our Lord's skin sliding over His flesh!—more exact than the fugues of Bach. Nathanael West The Dream Life of Balso Snell ...

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Bach, Johann Sebastian (21 Mar. 1685)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Performing arts, Dance, Music
Length:
139 words

...Bach, Johann Sebastian ( b Eisenach , 21 Mar. 1685 ; d Leipzig , 28 Jul. 1750 ) German composer . Although he wrote no ballet music, his work has been used by many choreographers. Signficant examples include Nijinska 's Étude (Paris, 1931 ), Balanchine 's Concerto Barocco (Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, New York, 1941 ), Petit 's Le Jeune Homme et la mort (Passacaglia in C minor, Paris, 1946 ), Cranko 's Brandenburgs 2 & 4 (London, 1966 ), Robbins 's The Goldberg Variations (New York, 1971 ), Paul Taylor 's Esplanade ...

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685–1750)   Quick reference

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Religion
Length:
92 words

..., Johann Sebastian ( 1685–1750 ), German composer . He was cantor at the Lutheran Thomaskirche at Leipzig from 1723 until his death. His works include two great settings of the Passion (according to St John, 1724 ; according to St Matthew , 1727 ), which intersperse the Gospel narrative with arias and chorales to produce large-scale oratorio Passions; the ‘Magnificat’; the ‘Christmas Oratorio’ (a series of six cantatas for the Christmas season), and the Mass in B Minor. This last is too monumental for liturgical use. His music has transcended...

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685–1750)   Quick reference

World Encyclopedia

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Encyclopedias
Length:
152 words

..., Johann Sebastian ( 1685–1750 ) Prolific German baroque composer. He held a series of successive court positions as organist and music director and had 20 children, four of whom were also composers. Bach brought contrapuntal forms to their highest expression and is unrivaled in his ability to interweave melodies within the exacting rules of baroque harmony and counterpoint. While at the court in Weimar ( 1708–17 ), he wrote many of his great organ works (preludes, fugues, toccatas), such as the Fugue in C minor. At Köthen ( 1717–23 ), he wrote...

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685–1750)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to German Literature (3 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
414 words

..., Johann Sebastian (Eisenach, 1685–1750 , Leipzig), the most famous member of a family that produced six generations of musicians. Johann Sebastian's father Ambrosius was Stadtmusikus of Eisenach, and his two uncles, his paternal grandfather, and his great-uncle were all organists, and, in addition, one of his great-grandfathers was also a musician. Orphaned at 10, he was brought up at Ohrdruf and then at Lüneburg. He occupied various musical posts in Weimar, Arnstadt, and Mühlstadt between 1703 and 1717 . From then until 1723 he was court musical...

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Bach, Johann Sebastian   Reference library

Daniel R. Melamed

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Religion, Art & Architecture
Length:
6,215 words

...repertory. Melamed, Daniel R. Hearing Bach’s Passions . New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. Essays on Bach’s Passion repertory. Melamed, Daniel R. , and Michael Marissen . An Introduction to Bach Studies . New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. A guide to reference and research materials and to literature on Bach. Meyer, Ulrich . Biblical Quotation and Allusion in the Cantata Libretti of Johann Sebastian Bach . Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow, 1997. Meticulous tabulation of the relationship of Bach’s cantata texts to Luther’s translation of...

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Bach, Johann Sebastian (21 March 1685)   Reference library

Basil Smallman

The Oxford Companion to Music

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Music
Length:
2,273 words

...Bach, Johann Sebastian ( b Eisenach , 21 March 1685 ; d Leipzig , 28 July 1750 ). German composer . Early years, Arnstadt, and Mühlhausen Bach —the supreme musical genius of the late Baroque period—occupies a central position in the most gifted family in musical history ( see Bach ); he was the youngest of the eight children of Johann Ambrosius Bach ( 1645–95 ) and his first wife Maria Elisabeth , née Lämmerhirt ( 1644–94 ). Within ten years of his birth he lost both his parents—his mother in May 1694 and his father less than a year...

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music
Length:
2,112 words

..., Johann Sebastian ( b Eisenach , 1685 ; d Leipzig , 1750 ) German composer and organist . One of the greatest composers in all music. He wrote masterworks in every genre of his day, except opera; his immense contribution to religious music in particular has no equal. He was the son of Johann Ambrosius Bach , org and town musician. Orphaned at the age of 10, he went to live with his elder brother Johann Christoph at Ohrdruf, where he had klavier and organ lessons. In 1700 was a chorister at St Michael's Church, Lüneburg, staying for 3 years,...

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)   Reference library

Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

Reference type:
Quotation
Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
61 words

...0Johann0Sebastian Johann Sebastian Bach 1685 – 1750 German composer . On Bach: see beecham , beethoven , fry There is nothing to it. You only have to hit the right notes at the right time and the instrument plays itself. when complimented on his organ playing K. Geiringer The Bach Family (1954) right notes at the right time right notes at the right...

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)   Quick reference

Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

Reference type:
Quotation
Current Version:
2018
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
54 words

...0Johann0Sebastian Johann Sebastian Bach 1685 – 1750 German composer There is nothing to it. You only have to hit the right notes at the right time and the instrument plays itself. when complimented on his organ playing K. Geiringer The Bach Family (1954) right notes at the right time right notes at the right...

Hodges, Johann Sebastian Bach

Hodges, Johann Sebastian Bach (22 Jan 1830)   Reference library

John Ogasapian and Barbara Owen

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
Length:
192 words

...Johann Sebastian Bach ( b Bristol, England , 22 Jan 1830 ; d Baltimore, MD , 1 May 1915 ). Priest and musician , son of edward Hodges . He came to New York in 1845 and studied at Columbia College, receiving the AB in 1850 and the MA in 1853 . Afterward he entered General Theological Seminary, graduating in 1853 , and was ordained a priest of the Episcopal Church in 1855 . After serving churches in Pittsburgh and Chicago, he became rector of Grace Church in Newark, New Jersey, in 1860 and was honored with a doctorate by Racine College...

Johann Sebastian Bach 1685–1750

Johann Sebastian Bach 1685–1750   Quick reference

Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

Reference type:
Quotation
Current Version:
2018
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
98 words

...0Johann0Sebastian999 Johann Sebastian Bach 1685–1750 It may be that when the angels go about their task of praising God, they play only Bach. I am sure, however, that when they are together en famille , they play Mozart. Karl Barth 1886 – 1968 Swiss Protestant theologian Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1956) Too much counterpoint; what is worse, Protestant counterpoint. of Johann Sebastian Bach Thomas Beecham 1879 – 1961 English conductor in Guardian 8 March 1971 The immortal god of harmony. of Johann Sebastian Bach Ludwig van Beethoven 1770 –...

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Bach, Johann Sebastian   Quick reference

New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
146 words
Bach, Johann Sebastian

Bach, Johann Sebastian   Quick reference

Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
130 words
Bach, Johann Sebastian

Bach, Johann Sebastian   Reference library

The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
182 words
Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach  

Reference type:
Overview Page
Subject:
Music
(b Eisenach, 1685; d Leipzig, 1750).Ger. composer and organist. Son of Johann Ambrosius Bach, organist and town musician, J. S. Bach was orphaned at the age of 10 and went to live with his elder ...
1700 to the Present

1700 to the Present   Reference library

Ronald Clements

The Oxford Illustrated History of the Bible

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2022
Subject:
Religion
Length:
7,692 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Illustration(s):
18

...powerful advocate in German Pietism in the eighteenth century with the commentaries of J. A. Bengel (1687–1752). The legacy of Bengel's approach, with the intensity of its heart-searching inwardness, was to receive lasting influence through its embodiment in the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, supremely in the St Matthew Passion and St John Passion. In England it was the dissenting commentator Matthew Henry (1662–1714) who produced in 1708–12 commentaries on the Old Testament, the gospels, and Acts which provided a largely uncontroversial, and personally meaningful...

Hobson-Jobsonism

Hobson-Jobsonism   Reference library

Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
Length:
266 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...is a “mispronunciation”—is perverse. Most English speakers, for example, don't have trilled r 's or guttural ch 's—hence terza rima comes out / tәrt -zә reem -ә/ and Bach comes out /bahk/ . To insist that Johann Sebastian's last name must have a guttural aspiration at the end is sheer pedantry and pretension: Johann can naturally be said / yoh -hahn/ , but Bach cannot naturally be said /bahkh/ . I once watched a European music critic spend 15 minutes trying to teach an accomplished American music professor how to say the name Leos...

View: