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Lusus Poeticus vel Musicus: Johann Sebastian Bach, the Baroque Paragram and Friedrich Smend's Number Alphabet Theory
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Musicology and Performance Studies. Musikvetenskap.
1987 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The starting point of this investigation was Friedrich Smend's number alphabet theory. Contrary to current trends in the analysis of Bach's music, Friedrich Smend used an eighteenth-century technique to understand eighteenth century music. This thesis presents a critical examination of Smend's theory, a history of number alphabets and their use in the eighteenth century, a history of the poetical paragram and a consideration of which, if any, of these forms Johann Sebastian Bach would have encountered, and whether he might have used the natural order number alphabet when composing.

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University of London, King's College , 1987. , 263 p.
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Bach, Number alphabet, Germanistics, Baroque literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19659OAI: diva2:186183
Available from: 2007-11-14 Created: 2007-11-14Bibliographically approved

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