Sex, Death, and Minuets: Anna Magdalena Bach and Her Musical Notebooks




      Sex, Death, and Minuets: Anna Magdalena Bach and Her Musical Notebooks
At one time a star in her own right as a singer, Anna Magdalena 1701 60 would go on to become, through her marriage to the older Johann Sebastian Bach, history s most famous musical wife and mother The two musical notebooks belonging to her continue to live on, beloved by millions of pianists young and old Yet the pedagogical utility of this music long associated with the sound of children practicing and mothers listening has encouraged a rosy and one sided view of Anna Magdalena as a model of German feminine domesticity Sex, Death, and Minuets offers the first in depth study of these notebooks and their owner, reanimating Anna Magdalena as a multifaceted historical subject at once pious and bawdy, spirited and tragic In these pages, we follow Magdalena from young and flamboyant performer to bereft and impoverished widow and visit along the way the coffee house, the raucous wedding feast, and the family home David Yearsley explores the notebooks idiosyncratic entries like its charming ditties on illicit love and searching ruminations on mortality against the backdrop of the social practices and concerns that women shared in eighteenth century Lutheran Germany, from status in marriage and widowhood, to fulfilling professional and domestic roles, money, fashion, intimacy and sex, and the ever present sickness and death of children and spouses What emerges is a humane portrait of a musician who embraced the sensuality of song and the uplift of the keyboard, a sometimes ribald wife and oft bereaved mother who used her cherished musical notebooks for piety and play, humor and devotion for living and for dying. Download Sex, Death, and Minuets: Anna Magdalena Bach and Her Musical Notebooks – heartforum.co.uk

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  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • Sex, Death, and Minuets: Anna Magdalena Bach and Her Musical Notebooks
  • David Yearsley
  • 06 February 2019
  • 022661770X

10 thoughts on “ Sex, Death, and Minuets: Anna Magdalena Bach and Her Musical Notebooks

  1. JQAdams says:

    Yearsley in the prologue takes pains to emphasize that this is not a biography of Bach herself but, as a section heading has it, a book about the notebooks Then he throws that theme out the window to write arbitrary disconnected essays about whatever topics come to mind the connection to the notebooks often gets awe inspiringly tenuous Some of the texts in the 1725 notebook, most famously Bist du bei mir, discuss death and bereavement, so obviously we re going to spend pages and pages Yearsley in the prologue takes pains to emphasize that this is not a biography of Bach herself but, as a section heading has it, a book about the notebooks Then he throws that theme out the window to write arbitrary disconnected essays about whatever topics come to mind the connection to the notebooks often gets awe inspiringly tenuous Some of the texts in the 1725 notebook, most famously Bist du bei mir, discuss death and bereavement, so obviously we re going to spend pages and pages analyzing Johann Sebastian Bach s cantatas involving death without any connection to the notebooks For what it s worth, Yearsley would point out that many of those death cantatas feature a soprano, and Anna Magdalena Bach was a prominent, acclaimed soprano, but as a r...

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