Sex Death and Minuets

Sex Death and Minuets❰EPUB❯ ✻ Sex Death and Minuets Author David Yearsley – 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 T At one time a star in her own right as a singer Anna Magdalena – 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 Sex Death Kindle - 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  .

Professor of music at Cornell University.

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  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • Sex Death and Minuets
  • David Yearsley
  • 13 December 2014
  • 9780226617701

13 thoughts on “Sex Death and Minuets

  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 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 reader it felt very tenuous indeed Similarly there's a whole chapter dedicated to the notebook irrelevant Coffee Cantata—including a multi page digression on the rise of hoopskirts?—because it also reflects bourgeois lifestyle choices and also maybe something about how Sebastian Bach felt about his oldest daughter It didn't help that I found several of the claims about how the music worked to be unconvincing Likewise for some of his other assertions Yearsley deems Bach to be the most famous wife of a composer without providing any evidence to back that up but I would have thought say Clara Wieck Schumann would have at least as strong a claim Or that the style rarely escaped from the ponderously academic there's a six page section devoted to Yearsley patting himself on the back for considering referring to Anna Magdalena as Bach before deciding that Anna Magdalena makes sense Even if he was going to ignore the usual show don't tell advice drawing that out for as long as it went felt like it strayed across the line into solipsism Still there are tidbits of interest both about the Bach family life and perceptions of Anna Magdalena in popular culture through the centuries So we can round the 25 stars up to 3

  2. Barbara Phillips-Farley says:

    Yearsley wrings every bit of meaning possible from Anna Magdalena’s 2 notebooks He speculates than this reader liked The book is well researched but I felt it could have been shorter

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