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Bart O'Brien wrote (January 25, 2005):
Bach in Leipzig wasn't the only one who wrote cycles of cantatas. Other composers such as Fasch in Zerbst and Stölzel in Gotha and Sondershausen did so.

So, the question occurs to me: How special was the Bach/Leipzig cantata cycle? When BWV 107 (to take a cantata at random) was being performed on the morning of Sunday, July 23, 1724, were there several dozen other cantatas also written by the town composer specially for that Sunday being premiered at the same time all over Germany? Or one dozen? Or two or three? Or none?

I have no idea of the answer, but it seems like knowledge worth knowing. Anybody want to discuss this?

Bart O'Brien wrote (January 28, 2005):
Nobody replied to the above. Maybe I didn't express the issue well. I'll try again.

Was Bach one of numerous German composers of his time who wrote a hundred cantatas or more, though Bach's were better? Or was Bach's achievement outstanding both in quantity and in quality?

Isn't that an interesting topic?

Bradley Lehman wrote (January 29, 2005):
< Bach in Leipzig wasn't the only one who wrote cycles of cantatas. Other composers such as Fasch in Zerbst and Stoelzel in Gotha and Sondershausen did so. >
Graupner in Darmstadt, too. There are some points drawn from that in Rifkin's 2002 book Bach's Choral Ideal.

 

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