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J. S. Bach or The Invention of a European Space in Music

Vol.2, No. 1, September 2006
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Thomas DOMMANGE (Montréal)

In this article, the problem of the determination of a European space is approached from an aesthetic point of view. It takes it starting point from the well-known difficulties to determine a European territory and then uses the distinction between territory and space to show that the European space is more aesthetic and, in particular, more musical, than physical. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos are presented as an example of understanding how music can constitute a space of its own, which, though non-geographic, is nonetheless real and in which a certain universal idea of Europe can be inscribed.