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The purpose of this paper is two-fold; to study Kuhnau both as a composer and as a typical musician of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries in which he lived. In the latter respect, study of Kuhnau is more valuable than study of Bach, for a man whose talents are not of the proportions of genius, typifies the color of his time much better than a real genius can. In studying Kuhnau as a composer, I hope to prove that his works have not only historical significance, but intrinsic beauty and worth.


©1928 Gertrude Parker Smith. Access limited to the Smith College community and other researchers while on campus. Smith College community members also may access from off-campus using a Smith College log-in. Other off-campus researchers may request a copy through Interlibrary Loan for personal use.


69 leaves. Includes bibliographical references and music (leaves 70-71)