Christoph Wolff (born May 24, 1940) is a German-born musicologist. He is best known for his works on the music, life, and times of Johann Sebastian Bach. Christoph Wolff has been on the faculty of Harvard University since 1976, and director of the Bach-Archiv in Leipzig since 2001.
He was born in Solingen, the son of theologian Hans Walter Wolff. He studied organ and historical keyboard instruments, musicology, and art history at the Universities of Berlin, Erlangen, and the Music Academy of Freiburg, receiving a performance diploma in 1963 and a PhD in 1966. Wolff taught the history of music at Erlangen, Toronto, Princeton, and Columbia Universities before joining the Harvard faculty in 1976 as Professor of Music. Currently, he is the Adams University Professor there.
His books include Bach: Essays on His Life and Music (Cambridge, 1991), Mozart's Requiem (Berkeley, 1994), The New Bach Reader (New York, 1998), and Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2001. (New York, 2000). In 2013, his Mozart at the Gateway to His Fortune won an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. Wolff was interviewed about Bach's The Art of Fugue in the documentary film Desert Fugue.
- Home page at Harvard University
- Harvard at Home: online lectures by Christoph Wolff
- Home page of the Bach Archive in Leipzig
- Bach & Friends documentary
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