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J. S. Bach at the coffee house: music as edifying practice

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This thesis proposes a new critical perspective on Bach's Collegium musicum and its performances at a Leipzig coffee house. Based on a range of fresh literary, architectural, and administrative sources, I argue that coffee houses in Bach’s time were highly prestigious, if often controversial performance-venues. As a cultural sphere, they were guided by a neo-humanist ideal, known as 'useful edification' (nützliche Erbauung), which has not been recognised by scholars so far. Yet, applied to...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Magdalen College
Department:
Humanities Division - Music Faculty
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Burkhard Nikolaus Schwalbach
Publication date:
2012
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral

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