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Sex, Death, and Minuets: Anna Magdalena Bach and Her Musical Notebooks

David Yearsley


After leaving her parents' home to take up a court post as a professional singer, Anna Magdalena Bach née Wilcke (1701–60) would go on to become, through her marriage to the older Johann Sebastian Bach, a legendary musical wife and mother. After tracing the rise of interest in Anna Magdalena Bach in the late nineteenth century and across the twentieth, the book follows her from her beginnings as a young, flamboyant performer to her end as a bereft and impoverished widow, visiting along the way the places in which she made and heard music: the coffee house, the raucous wedding feast, the church ... More

Keywords: Anna Magdalena Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach, women musicians, domestic music, Lutheran women, widows, death, sex and marriage, keyboard music, secular cantatas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226617701
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226617848.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Yearsley, author
Cornell University