Alberto Basso

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Frau Musika: a life with Johann Sebastian Bach

Alberto Basso is an eclectic musicologist, however Johann Sebastian Bach stays as a main topic throughout his activity as a researcher and popularizer. He authored three big monographs about Bach: in his youth he published a monographic volume with the Approdo Musicale dedicated to Bach's Chorals, and in 2015 he concluded his long career producing the Manuale di navigazione, a big dictionary for all Bach's fans. His masterpiece is however Frau Musika, the first biography about Bach in modern times, published in two volumes in 1979 and 1983.
Alberto Basso is also a great popularizer. He wrote hundreds of program notes, and he recorded three big cycles for the Terzo Programma of the italian national radio Radio RAI, dedicated respectively to the Chorals, to the orchestral Concertos and to the Cantatas (presented weekly according to the church year).

Alberto Basso graduated in law but he devoted his whole life to music. He was for over 30 years teacher of history of music and later librarian at the Conservatorio di Musica di Torino. In the meanwhile he led the writing of the Dizionario Enciclopedico Universale della Musica e dei Musicisti (DEUMM). From 1973 to 1979 and again from 1994 to 1997 he was president of the Società Italiana di Musicologia. Since 1982 he is member of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and in 2004 he obtained the degree Honoris Causa in Musicology at the Universitat Autonòma de Barcelona.
He authored over 500 publications and 100 radio broadcasts dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach, and his commonly recognized as the greatest scholar of Bach in Italy. Between 1979 and 1983 he published the two volumes of Frau Musika, the first big biography in modern times about Bach's life and works after the monumental work by Philipp Spitta. In Spring 2020 Alberto Basso was appointed Honorary President of

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