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Bach by Charles Francis Abdy Williams

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BACH

by

C. F. ABDY WILLIAMS

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The Master Musicians EDITED BY FREDERICK J. CROWEST.

[Illustration: Bach]

The Master Musicians

Edited by

FREDERICK J. CROWEST

_LIST OF VOLUMES._

BACH. By C. F. ABDY WILLIAMS. [_Fourth Edition._

BEETHOVEN. By F. J. CROWEST. [_Eighth Edition._

BRAHMS. By J. LAWRENCE ERB. [_Second Edition._

CHOPIN. By J. CUTHBERT HADDEN. [_Fourth Edition._

HANDEL. By C. F. ABDY WILLIAMS. [_Third Edition._

HAYDN. By J. CUTHBERT HADDEN. [_Second Edition._

MENDELSSOHN. By STEPHEN S. STRATTON. [_Fifth Edition._

MOZART. By E. J. BREAKSPEARE. [_Third Edition._

SCHUBERT. By E. DUNCAN. [_Second Edition._

SCHUMANN By ANNIE W. PATTERSON. [_Second Edition._

TCHAIKOVSKY. By EDWIN EVANS. [_Second Edition._

WAGNER. By C. A. LIDGEY. [_Fourth Edition._

_All rights reserved_

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[Illustration: _Published with the permission of the proprietors of the original engraving Breitkopf and Haertel in Leipsic._

Joh. Seb. Bach.]

BACH

by

C. F. ABDY WILLIAMS

M.A. Cantab.; Mus. Bac., Oxon. et Cantab.

With Illustrations and Portraits

[Illustration]

London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co. 1921

First Published 1900 Reprinted 1903, 1906, 1921

Preface

The position of Johann Sebastian Bach as one of a numerous family of musicians is unique. Of no other composer can it be said that his forefathers, contemporary relations, and descendants were all musicians, and not only musicians, but holders of very important offices as such. All his biographers have therefore given some account of his family antecedents before proceeding to the history of his life; and I have found myself obliged to follow the same course. In other respects I have adopted the plan made use of by the older biographers, of keeping the account of his life distinct from that of his compositions.

Every biography is necessarily based on that written by his two sons, four years after his death, published by Mizler, and the one published in 1802 by Forkel, who was intimate with the sons. Hilgenfeldt's account follows these, and in later years further information has been acquired from the searches into archives, and other ancient documents, by C. H. Bitter and Philipp Spitta. Any details concerning the life and works of this remarkable man are interesting; and it is probable that researches will be continued for some time to come. Thus, last year (1898) a "celebration" took place at Ohrdruf in memory of Bach's school career there; and Dr Friedrich Thomas took the opportunity of publishing some details of the Bach family which had escaped Spitta.


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