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Death and (Re) Birth of J.S. Bach
Reconsidering Musical Authorship and the Work-Concept

ISBN 9780367732554
Published December 18, 2020 by Routledge
158 Pages

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Book Description

While the study and redefinition of the notion of authorship and its relationship to the idea of the literary work have played a central role in recent research on literature, semiotics, and related disciplines, its impact on contemporary musicology is still limited. Why? What implications would a reconsideration of the author- and work-concepts have on our understanding of the creative musical processes? Why would such a re-examination of these regulative concepts be necessary? Could it emerge from a post-structuralist revision of the notion of musical textuality? In this book, Trillo takes the …Bach… project, a collection of new music based on Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita No.1 for solo violin, BWV 1002, as a point of departure to sketch some critical answers to these fundamental questions, raise new ones, and explore their musicological implications.

Table of Contents

1. Poiesis 2. Authorship and Workhood: Intellectual Framework 3. Barthes and Derrida: Terminology and Methodology 4. Death and (Re)Birth of J. S. Bach: Case Studies

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Dr Roberto Alonso Trillo was born in Vigo (Spain) in 1983. His professional career ranges over three interrelated areas: performance, pedagogy, and research. As a violin player, he has developed an active international performing career, accentuating his performance with academic investigations of authorship, audience, and creativity. At present, Dr Trillo works as a visiting lecturer at different international institutions in Europe and America. Examples of recent research have been published by the Perspectives of New Music magazine, Hispanic Research Journal, and the IRASM magazine. His areas of specialization include twentieth-century music and contemporary Spanish music, a wide interest in Theodor W. Adorno’s sociology and philosophy of music, the history of violin teaching and performance, performance analysis with digital tools, and a general music-based interest in the work and ideas of French post-structuralist thinkers. For further info, please visit