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PRIMARY SOURCES: BACH

OVERVIEW OF PRIMARY SOURCES: BACH

REF  ML134.B1 M45 1998 
Melamed, Daniel R.  An introduction to Bach studies. New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.  

Chapter 3 “Bach’s life” 3.2 Documentation-3.3 biographies of J.S Bach, especially 3.3.1 "Primary and early biographies, p. 31-32.

TEXT DOCUMENTS: BACH

REF ML410.B1 A3 Bd.1-5 
Bach Dokumente  Kassel : Barenreiter, 1963-2007.  5 volumes

*Bd. 1: Schriftstücke von der Hand Johann Sebastian Bachs / Vorgelegt und erläutert von Werner Neumann und Hans-Joachim Schulze. Kassel : Barenreiter, 1963.

Documents in Bach’s hand. (Bach's letters, receipts, etc.)

*Bd. 2: Fremdschriftliche und gedruckte Dokumente zur Lebensgeschichte Johann Sebastian Bachs, 1685-1750. Kritische Gesamtausgabe. Vorgelegt und erläutert von Werner Neumann und Hans-Joachim Schulze.Kassel : Barenreiter, 1969.

*Bd.3 Dokumente zum Nachwirken Johann Sebastian Bachs: 1750-1800. Kassel : Barenreiter 1972.

Printed documents and those by others. 

Bd.5 Dokumente zu Leben, Werk und Nachwirken Johann Sebastian Bachs, 1685-1800 / vorgelegt und erläutert von Hans-Joachim Schulze unter Mitarbeit von Andreas Glöckner. Kassel : Barenreiter, 2007.

Omissions from earlier volumes. 

English translations and excerpts in English: 

*RESERVE Mus Book       ML410.B1 D24 1998
David, Hans T. The new Bach reader : a life of Johann Sebastian Bach in letters 
and documents
 / edited by Hans T. David and Arthur Mendel ; 
revised and enlarged by Christoph Wolff.  New York : W.W. Norton, c1998.

English translations of Bach documents (or excerpts) including the Nekrolog and Forkel biography, with citations for locations of transcriptions of originals in the Bach Dokumente (BD).

 

Bach's Bible:

ML95.5 .B18 no. 2
Bach, Johann Sebastian. The Calov Bible of J.S. Bach. Ann Arbor, Mich. : UMI Research Press, c1985.

Bach’s personal bible with his marginalia.

For an English translation:
Mus Lib ML410.B1 J18 1985   
Leaver, Robin A.  J.S. Bach and scripture : glosses from the Calov Bible commentary. St. Louis: Concordia Pub. House, c1985. 

EARLY BIOGRAPHICAL WRITINGS: BACH

*Nekrolog. in Mizler, Lorenz. Neu eroffnete musikalische Bibliothek IV/I p. 158-76.  Leipzig, 1754.  

Obituary notice written by C.P.E. Bach and Bach's students, J.F. Agricola and Lorenz Mizler.  It is referenced in most later biographical works.  

An English translation is found in: 

* RESERVE Mus Book       ML410.B1 D24 1998
David, Hans T. The new Bach reader : a life of Johann Sebastian Bach in letters and documents / edited by Hans T. David and Arthur Mendel; revised and enlarged by Christoph Wolff.  New York : W.W. Norton, c1998, p. 295-307. 

ML410.B1 F7 1802a
*Forkel, Johann Nikolaus, 1749-1818.  Ueber Johann Sebastian Bachs Leben, Kunst und Kunstwerke. Fur patriotische Verehrer echter musikalischer Kunst.  Leipzig, Hoffmeister und Kühnel, 1802 [Frankfurt a. M., H. L. Grahl, 1950]

English translations are found in: 

* RESERVE Mus Book       ML410.B1 D24 1998
David, Hans T. The new Bach reader : a life of Johann Sebastian Bach in letters 
and documents
 / edited by Hans T. David and Arthur Mendel ; 
revised and enlarged by Christoph Wolff.  New York : W.W. Norton, c1998, p. 419-482.

and in: 

ML410.B1 F83 1970                
Forkel, Johann Nikolaus. [Ueber Johann Sebastian Bachs Leben, Kunst, und Kunstwerk. English.] Johann Sebastian Bach; his life, art, and work.   New York, Da Capo Press, 1970.

IMAGES: BACH

*REF ML410.B1 A3 Bd.4
Bach Dokumente
Bd. 4: Bilddokumente zur Lebensgeschichte Johann Sebastian Bachs = Pictorial documents of the life of Johann Sebastian Bach / Werner Neumann Kassel : Barenreiter 1979.

For an English translation see: RESERVE FOLIO ML410.B1 J6713
Schwendowius, Barbara.  Johann Sebastian Bach : life, times, influence. Kassel : Bärenreiter, c1977.

MUSIC MANUSCRIPTS: BACH

Facsimiles of Bach manuscripts in the Dickinson Music Library collection

 Call numbers begin: 04 B12

 

Bach Digital

"Bach Digital is a digital library consisting of Johann Sebastian Bach's autograph manuscripts and original parts. Includes high-resolution scans of the autograph manuscripts, as well as performance parts used by Bach and his copies of works by other composers. 

Example: BWV 1030

Music Treasures Consortium  offers digitized music manuscripts of composers held in libraries including:

British LibraryLibrary of Congress, Juilliard School. Lila Acheson Wallace Library Morgan Library & Museum Limit by collection: "music manuscripts only", New York Public Library

 

 

IMPORTANT RESOURCES

REF ML134.B1 M45 1998 
Melamed, Daniel R. An introduction to Bach studies. New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
 

REF ML134.H16 P37 2005
Parker, Mary Ann. G.F. Handel: a guide to research. Routledge : New York, 2005.