By Eric Chafe

Bach's cantatas are one of the optimum achievements of Western musical artwork, but experiences of the person cantatas which are either illuminating and particular are few. during this ebook, famous Bach specialist Eric Chafe combines theological, historic, analytical, and interpretive techniques to the cantatas to provide readers and listeners alike the richest attainable event of those works. A revered theorist of seventeenth-century tune, Chafe is delicate to the composer's intentions and to the long-lasting and common characteristics of the song itself.

Concentrating on a small variety of consultant cantatas, usually from the Leipzig cycles of 1723-24 and 1724-25, and specifically on Cantata seventy seven, Chafe exhibits how Bach strove to reflect either the dogma and the secret of non secular event in musical allegory. Analyzing Bach Cantatas bargains worthy details at the theological relevance of the constitution of the liturgical yr for the layout and content material of those works, in addition to a survey of the theories of modality that tell Bach's compositional type. Chafe demonstrates that, whereas Bach definitely hired "pictorialism" and word-painting in his compositions, his approach to writing tune was once a extra advanced amalgam of theological ideas and track thought. concerning the cantatas as musical allegories that mirror the elemental tenets of Lutheran theology as demonstrated in the course of Bach's lifetime, Chafe synthesizes a few key musical and theological rules to light up the fundamental personality of those nice works.

This exact and insightful e-book deals an important technique for knowing one of many important our bodies of labor within the Western musical canon. it is going to turn out integral for all scholars and students of Bach's paintings, musicology, and theological studies.

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