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Bach's Numbers: Compositional Proportion and Significance by Ruth Tatlow

By Ruth Tatlow

In eighteenth-century Germany the common concord of God's production and the perfection of its proportions nonetheless held philosophical, ethical and devotional value. Reproducing proportions with reference to the solidarity (1:1) throughout compositions might render them appealing, ideal or even everlasting. utilizing the foundations of her groundbreaking conception of proportional parallelism and the newest resource learn learn, Ruth Tatlow unearths how Bach used the variety of bars to create numerical perfection throughout his released collections, and explains why he did so. the 1st a part of the ebook exhibits the wide-ranging program of trust within the cohesion, demonstrating how making plans an ideal constitution used to be a regular compositional method in Bach's time. within the moment half Tatlow offers sensible demonstrations of this in all Bach's guides and reasonable copies, displaying that layers of share can seem inside of a circulate, a piece, among works in a set, throughout a set or among collections themselves.

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