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Bach and the Riddle of the Number Alphabet
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Musicology and Performance Studies. Musikvetenskap.
1991 (English)Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

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.

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Cambridge University Press, Cambridge , 1991. , 186 p.
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Bach, Number alphabet, Germanistics, Baroque literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19667ISBN: 0-521 36191 5OAI: diva2:186191
Available from: 2007-11-14 Created: 2007-11-14Bibliographically approved

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