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By Paul Henry Lang

Simply because I spent my adolescence in Leipzig, a urban which resounds with echoes of Bach and the whole musical global, i've got constantly had the belief of 1 day getting ready a pictorial historical past of song. This current booklet is the outcome; it combines components of my expert lifestyles as a image historian and my inner most existence as a contented lover of music.
A pictorial historical past of tune can by no means be only an image album, in spite of the fact that, for no quantity of illustrative fabric can on its own create a significant landscape of song. There has to be, as well as photos, an intrinsic plan, a unified standpoint which the reader can grab and use to accomplish comprehension

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The History of the Suffering and Death of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ ( 1665great traditions of his 66), four settings of the Passion using the renounces all the external advantages of the Italian style. No texts of the four Gospels, instruments are employed, even the recitatives being set in the old unaccompanied evident in his work; but the Heinrich Schiitz at 88. His music, inspired hij Italian forms, German expressed the depths of Protestant religious feeling. Schiitz among kirche of his singers in Dresden.

Spirit The Continental composers were swayed by the spiritual upheaval of Catholic Re- Counter the form, which Reformation, plunged the Netherlands and France into religious civil war. Deepening shadows seemed to becloud the arts. Open criticism of, and the prevalent opposition to, secular song was expressed in 1568 by Gabriel Fiamma, canon is an almost infinite amount of poetry, almost all at the Lateran. "In our language there amorous, which fact seems to The works as possible, have I toward virtue devout and submissive by two figures the at form of and show the composer his period equally at home them.

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