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Speaking of MusicAddressing the Sonorous$
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Keith Chapin and Andrew H. Clark

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823251384

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823251384.001.0001

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Bach's Silence, Mattheson's Words: Professional and Humanist Ways of Speaking of Music

Bach's Silence, Mattheson's Words: Professional and Humanist Ways of Speaking of Music

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(p.49) Bach's Silence, Mattheson's Words: Professional and Humanist Ways of Speaking of Music
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Speaking of Music
Author(s):
Keith Chapin
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823251384.003.0004

The German musicians Johann Sebastian Bach and Johann Mattheson faced off against each other time and again over the course of the early eighteenth century, though they did so each in his own way. While Mattheson addressed Bach numerous times in various public printed fora, Bach produced music, refusing to exchange the composer's pen for that of the wordsmith. The two can be taken as tokens of two types of musician within the musical community, though the types are hardly mutually exclusive. Professionals focus on their discipline and restrict their words to those that are pragmatically necessary. Humanists link music to the arts and society generally, spinning out words to make their point. Each type has its own characteristic way of speaking of music.

Keywords:   Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Mattheson, discipline, public sphere

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