Lorenz Christoph Mizler de Kolof
Lorenz Christoph Mizler (1711-1788) is much quoted in the literature about Bach, but is a figure who has until now thrown up many unanswered questions. This comprehensive study offers the first complete portrait of this musicologist and doctor of both philosophy and medicine. As the initiator of many musical projects, especially the Corresponding Society for Musical Science, founded in the spirit of Christian Wolff’s philosophy, Mizler became well known far beyond Leipzig. This study focuses on Mizler’s own self-designations as “Pythagoras” and “Apostle of Wolffian philosophy”. Mizler’s “Musical Library” and his editions of contemporary musical theory are undoubtedly important sources for the study of music; but he also published more than 150 other works. Since Mizler himself, who went on to become a Privy Councillor and Court Doctor to the Polish court, considered music to be only a sideline to his career, Wolff’s philosophy and ist practical application is brought into focus. This is the context in which Mizler’s work on the through-bass with ist demonstration of the “octave rule” can be understood. This work of thorough research on a pioneer of musicology in the age of rationalism, which has long been a desideratum.