Bach and the Riddle of the Number Alphabet
1991 (English)Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
In 1947 the musicologist and theologian Friedrich Smend (1893-1980) published the first of four studies theorizing that Bach regularly used the natural-order number alphabet (A=1 to Z=24) in order to employ a type of number-word symbolism in his works. Tatlow investigates the plausibility of Smend's claims. Her new evidence fundamentally challeges Smend's conclusions and the book sounds a note of caution to all who continue to use his number alphabet theory.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge , 1991. , 186 p.
Bach, Number alphabet, Germanistics, Baroque literature
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19667ISBN: 0-521 36191 5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-19667DiVA: diva2:186191