Handbook to Bach s Sacred Cantata Texts

Author: Melvin P. Unger
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 1461659051
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The German church cantata of the eighteenth century was the culmination of a long tradition of Lutheran "sermon music" that used the proclamation, amplification, and interpretation of scripture to teach and persuade the listener. Bach's cantatas also served this didactic purpose and typically incorporate numerous allusions to scriptural passages or themes in their librettos. Unfortunately, many of these passages remain obscure to the twentieth-century musician because they demand a much closer familiarity with the Bible than is common today. The Handbook to Bach's Sacred Cantata Texts identifies scriptural references for the wording, imagery, and themes that Bach's listeners would have known. In addition, the religious or literary theme of each text is summarized within the specific context of the cantata as a whole. With interlinear translations and a full complement of indexes.

An Introduction to Bach Studies

Author: Daniel R. Melamed
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198028550
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This volume is a guide to the resources and materials of Bach scholarship, both for the non specialist wondering where to begin in the enormous literature on J. S. Bach, and for the Bach specialist looking for a convenient and up to date survey of the field. It describes the tools of Bach research and how to use them, and suggests how to get started in Bach research by describing the principal areas of research and citing the essential literature on each piece and topic. The authors emphasize the issues that have engaged Bach scholars for generations, focusing on particularly important writings; on recent literature; on overviews, collections of essays and handbooks; and on writings in English. Subjects covered include bibliographic tools of Bach research and sources of literature; Bach's family; Bach biographies; places Bach lived and worked; Bach's teaching; the liturgy; Bach source studies and the transmission of his music; repertory and editions; genres and individual vocal and instrumental works; performance practice; the reception and analysis of Bach's music; and many others. The book also offers explanations of important and potentially confusing topics in Bach research, such as the organization of the annual cantata cycles, pitch standards, the history of the Berlin libraries, the structure of the critical commentary volumes in the Neue Bach Ausgabe, and so on. This book opens up the rich world of Bach scholarship to students, teachers, performers, and listeners.

Historical Dictionary of Choral Music

Author: Melvin P. Unger
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810873926
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The Historical Dictionary of Choral Music focuses on choral music and practice in the Western world from the medieval era to the 21st century. This is done through a chronology, introduction, bibliography, and over 1000 cross-referenced dictionary entries on important composers, genres, conductors, institutions, styles, and technical terms of choral music.

De Wereld Van de Bach cantates

Author: Christoph Wolff
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393041064
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The cantatas of J.S. Bach are among the best known and most frequently performed musical works of the baroque period. However, when they are played and heard today, questions arise that are difficult to answer because the works are being experienced outside their historical context. Such questions concern the role of the cantatas in Bach's compositional development, musical models for the works, and performance practice during the composer's lifetime.

J S Bach s Major Works for Voices and Instruments

Author: Melvin P. Unger
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810852983
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This book explores the dramatic thrust of each of Bach's four major works for choir and orchestra: Christmas Oratorio, St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, and Mass in B Minor. It guides the reader, movement by movement, through each work with an integrated presentation of commentary and text translation that pays particular attention to the interaction of text and music, suggesting reasons for Bach's musical choices.

Notes

Author: Music Library Association
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The Sacred Choral Music of J S Bach

Author: John Butt
Publisher: Paraclete Press (MA)
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The sacred choral works of J.S. Bach have long been considered among the greatest masterpieces in music. Choir directors and singers need a comprehensive, yet accessible guide that encourages musicians at all levels of ability in the performance of these works, whether in church or concert. This handbook presents a wealth of information including chapters on Bach's theology, chorales, and ornamentation, as well as a selected and annotated bibliography. It will be an inspiration to the amateur and professional musician alike for its scholarship and practical advice on the performance of the sacred choral music of Bach. Book jacket.

Music and Theology

Author: Daniel Zager
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780810854147
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Music and Theology is a Festschrift honoring Dr. Robin A. Leaver, reflecting his interests in the history of sacred music with particular emphasis on studies related to Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).