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Sir Henry Wood: Champion of J.S. Bach

  • Author: French, Hannah
Engaging and meticulous...provides a vivid picture of the changing public taste as well as a chronicle of Wood's passion for a composer whom he brought into the mainstream...what a heroic tale... More…



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  • Introduction: Wood's Role in the English Bach Revival
  • Bach in Pre-Proms England
  • Wood's Encounter with Bach
  • Orchestral Bach at the Proms
  • Wood's Bach Players
  • Performance Scores
  • Recordings
  • An Editorial Project
  • Orchestral Arrangements
  • The Cantatas
  • Passions and the Mass
  • The Reception of Wood's Bach
  • Wood's Bach Legacy
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix A: The Bach Choir: Performances of Bach's Orchestral works 1884-1944
  • Appendix B: John Sebastian Bach: The times he lived in, and his life's work
  • Appendix C: Bach Performances at the Proms 1895-1944
  • Appendix D: Promenades 1941: nightly attendance and income
  • Appendix E: Soloists in the Orchestral Suites and Brandenburg Concertos 1895-1944
  • Appendix F: Members of the New Queen's Hall Orchestra 1928
  • Appendix G: Wood's predecessors and contemporaries in the field of Bach arrangements and transcriptions
  • Appendix H: A sample of Bach performances given in 1926
  • Appendix I: Performances of the Brandenburg Concertos and Orchestral Suites at the Proms 1945-2018
  • Bibliography