Gluck contra Bach
This chapter examines the works of Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock that were set to music by Bach and Gluck. In particular, Bach's setting of Lyda and Gluck's settings of Der Jüngling and Die frü hen Gräber. These settings were published in Poetische Blumenlese of 1775, edited by Johann Heinrich Voss. In a letter dated 30 March 1774 to his colleagues Voss reports from Hamburg on a visit to Klopstock: “Afterward we spoke about the rhythm and the music of prosody. Gluck's Willkommen [o silberne Mond] and the Schlachtgesang pleased him thoroughly. The others, such as das deutsche Mädchen, less so, and yet more than Bach's composition. Bach is otherwise said to speak with esteem of Gluck”.
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