Volume 2 examines the publishing activities of the Breitkopf firm as seen through its commerce with the Bach family. The volume begins with an introductory essay that surveys Breitkopf's business in Leipzig and the firm's contribution to the wider world of music publishing. The articles turn to the specific connections between the Bachs and the Breitkopfs, the importance of Breitkopf's music catalogs, the identification and dating of music manuscripts in Breitkopf's extensive inventory, and the architecture of the buildings in which the Bach and Breitkopf families lived.
George B. Stauffer is department chair and a professor of music history at Hunter College in New York. His books include "The Organ Preludes of Johann Sebastian Bach "and "J.S. Bach: The Mass in B Minor."