A.F.C. Kollmann's Quarterly Musical Register (1812): An Annotated Edition with an Introduction to His Life and Works
By: Mr Michael Kassler (author)Hardback
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Augustus Frederic Christopher Kollmann (1756-1829) was born in Germany and lived from 1782 at St James's Palace, London, where he was organist and schoolmaster of His Majesty's German Chapel. He was one of the most profound music theorists of his time, and a pioneer in introducing Bach's music to England. His most extensive effort to inform the public about developments in the whole field of music - from acoustics to concert performance, from musical patents to books about music - was The Quarterly Musical Register, the first number of which is dated 1 January 1812. It can be regarded as England's first musicological journal. Written almost entirely by Kollmann, this journal included the first substantial English-language biography of Bach, identified anonymous music reviewers in English literary periodicals, gave a retrospect of the state of music in Great Britain and Germany, discussed efforts to improve organs and pianos, critically reviewed two editions of John Wall Callcott's Musical Grammar, and provided an account of Kollmann's own theory and much more. The Quarterly Musical Register folded after its second number.
Only eight copies of the first number and six of the second appear to be extant, and just two libraries have the covering wrappers with which each number was issued. This book reproduces in facsimile both numbers and their wrappers, and presents new information about Kollmann's life and works.
Michael Kassler is an Australian musicologist. His works include Samuel Wesley (1766 -1837): A Source Book (written with Philip Olleson), Charles Edward Horn's Memoirs of his Father and Himself, Music Entries at Stationers' Hall, 1710-1818, and The English Bach Awakening: Knowledge of J. S. Bach and his Music in England 1750-1830, all published by Ashgate.
Contents: Preface; Part I Introduction to Kollmann's Life and Works: Kollmann in Germany (1756-1782); The personal union of Great Britain and Hannover; The German Chapel at St James's Palace; Kollmann's work for the German Chapel; Marriage (1783); First publication; Kollmann and the New Musical Fund; Collaboration with Johann Wilhelm HA..AYler (1791-1792); An Introduction to the Art of Preluding (1792); An Essay on Musical Harmony (1796); 3 theoretico-practical Works (1796-1798); An Essay on Practical Musical Composition (1799); The proposed edition of Bach's '48'; Meeting with Johann Anton Andre (1800); The first Practical Guide to Thorough-Bass (1801); Changes at the German Chapel; Public performances by Kollmann's children (1804-1806); Development and publication of A New Theory (1803-1806); Kollmann and La Belle Assemblee (1806-1807); A Second Practical Guide to Thorough-Bass (1807-1808); Theoretico-practical works illustrating A New Theory (1809-1810); George Kollmann's published compositions (1808-1812); Years after The Quarterly Musical Register (1812-1823); The American edition of An Essay on Musical Harmony (1817); Controversy with John Bernard Logier (1821-1824); George Kollmann's piano patent (1825); Kollmann's last years (1823-1829); Activities of Kollmann's children (1829-1840); Downfall of George and Joanna (1840-1849); The sale of Kollmann's library (1877). Part II The Quarterly Musical Register: The purpose of The Quarterly Musical Register; The first number (1 January 1812); The second number (1 April 1812); The projected third number; Notes to the text of The Quarterly Musical Register. Part III Source Documents: Kollmann's c1823 autobiography; Literary, musical and artistic works by A.F.C. Kollmann; Literary and musical works by George Kollmann; Calendar of correspondence of the Kollmann family; Index of persons.
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