Manchester, 14th-18th July 2004


Tanya Kevorkian (Millersville University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)

J. S. Bach, the Baroque and pietism in Leipzig in the 1720s and 1730s

In the context of researching J. S. Bach’s working conditions in Leipzig I have discovered that at least two leading councilors, with whom Bach interacted, had strong Pietist leanings: A. C. Platz and Johann Job. This paper will explore the contours of the Pietist vs. high Baroque/Orthodox conflict that was still strongly active in the 1720s and 1730s and beyond, and will posit that the tension was at least partly the basis of Bach’s famous conflict with some of the councilors in 1730. In his Bach-Jahrbuch articles Ulrich Siegele surmised that this was an issue with regard to his appointment in 1723 as well as on his later working conditions. This paper will demonstrate that previous historians and musicologists were not able to positively identify this Pietist network. Letters from Job and others to August Hermann Francke in Halle establish both the existence of this network and the nature of its beliefs.

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