Congratulations to Professor Daniel Melamed, whose article “‘Parallel Proportions’ in J. S. Bach’s Music” was published in the journal Eighteenth-Century Music. The article investigates a theory put forward in recent studies that finds relationships and significance in the numbers of measures in Bach’s compositions. In his discussion of the theory and its problems, Prof. Melamed investigates the mathematical and musical assumptions behind these claims, and finds that chance and the properties of numbers fully explain the relationships. This makes it difficult to sustain assertions that Bach intended these proportions or that they carried symbolic meaning for him.
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