, Bach, Essays on His Life and Music
Bach: Essays on His Life and Music
In 1850, the (Bach Society) was founded to promote Bach's music. In the second half of the 19th century, the Society published a comprehensive edition of the composer's works. Also in the second half of the 19th century, published , the standard work on Bach's life and music. By that time, Bach was known as the first of the in music. Throughout the 19th century, 200 books were published on Bach. By the end of the century, local Bach societies were established in several cities, and his music had been performed in all major musical centres.
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In his own time, Bach's reputation equalled those of Telemann, and Handel. During his life, Bach received public recognition, such as the title of court composer by , and the appreciation he was shown by and . Such highly placed appreciation contrasted with the humiliations he had to cope with, for instance in his hometown of Leipzig. Also in the contemporary press, Bach had his detractors, such as , suggesting he write less complex music and his supporters such as and .