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Bach's major vocal works : music, drama, liturgy

Author: Markus Rathey
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Every year, Johann Sebastian Bach's major vocal works are performed to mark liturgical milestones in the Christian calendar. Written by a renowned Bach scholar, this concise and accessible book provides an introduction to the music and cultural contexts of the composer's most beloved masterpieces, including the Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio, and St. John Passion. In addition to providing historical information,  Read more...
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Named Person: Johann Sebastian Bach; Johann Sebastian Bach
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Markus Rathey
ISBN: 9780300217209 030021720X
OCLC Number: 920017509
Description: x, 234 pages : illustrations, music ; 23 cm
Contents: A female voice : Mary in Bach's Magnificat settings BWV 243 and 10 --
From love song to lullaby : the Christmas oratorio BWV 248 --
Divine glory and human suffering : the St John passion BWV 245 --
The passion and the passions : the St Matthew passion BWV 244 --
Seeing and understanding : the oratorios for Easter and Ascension BWV 249 and 11 --
Between opera and architecture : the B minor mass BWV 232.
Responsibility: Markus Rathey.

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"Every year, Johann Sebastian Bach's major vocal works are performed to mark liturgical milestones in the Christian calendar. Written by a renowned Bach scholar, this concise and accessible book provides an introduction to the music and cultural contexts of the composer's most beloved masterpieces, including the Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio, and St. John Passion. In addition to providing historical information, each chapter highlights significant aspects--such as the theology of love--of a particular piece. This penetrating volume is the first to treat the vocal works as a whole, showing how the compositions were embedded in their original performative context within the liturgy as well as discussing Bach's musical style, from the detailed level of individual movements to the overarching aspects of each work. Published in the approach to Easter when many of these vocal works are performed, this outstanding volume will appeal to casual concertgoers and scholars alike." -- Publisher's description
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"An excellent general perusal of Bach's major choral works, this book is recommended for classical music lovers, Bach fans, and those who are interested in Christian music and theology."-Library Read more...

 
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