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The Forkel-Hoffmeister & Kuhnel Correspondence: A Document of the Bach Revival

By George B. Stauffer

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Composed by George B. Stauffer. Edited by Donald W. Stauffer. This edition: Cloth-bound. Books. Book. Edition Peters #EP6700. Published by Edition Peters (PE.EP6700).

Item Number: PE.EP6700

ISBN 9780938856047. English.

The letters of Johann Nikolaus Forkel to the Bureau de Musique of Hoffmeister & Kuhnel (predecessor of C.F. Peters), and the response letters. Includes images of the original letters

Johann Nikolaus Forkel (born on February 22nd, 1749, in Meeder, near Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld - died on March 20th, 1818, in Gottingen, Hanover) was the son of a cobbler, and received his early musical training, particularly in keyboard playing, from Johann Heinrich Schulthesius, the local Kantor. He was otherwise self-taught, especially in terms of Theory. In his teens he served as a singer in Luneburg, as well as studying Law at the University of Gottingen; he maintained a relationship with the University for over fifty years, and held various positions there, including instructor of music theory, organist, keyboard teacher, and in time director of all music at the University. In 1787 he received an honorary degree of philosophy from the institution.

Forkel is often regarded as the founder of Historical Musicology, as it is with him that the study of music history became an academic discipline with rigorous scholarly standards.

He was an ardent admirer of Johann Sebastian Bach, whose music he did much to popularize. He also wrote the first biography of Bach (1802), which is still important today, as he had direct correspondence with Bach's sons, Carl Philipp Emanuel and Wilhelm Friedemann, thus gaining much valuable information that would otherwise have been lost.

His library, accumulated with with care and discrimination at a time when rare books were inexpensive, forms a valuable portion of the Berlin State Library and also of the library of the Konigliche Institut fur Kirchenmusik.

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