Analyzing Bach Cantatas

Analyzing Bach Cantatas


Bach's cantatas are one of the maximum achievements of Western musical paintings, but reports of the person cantatas which are either illuminating and designated are few. during this ebook, famous Bach professional Eric Chafe combines theological, ancient, analytical, and interpretive ways 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 features of the track itself.

targeting a small variety of consultant cantatas, often 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 adventure in musical allegory. Analyzing Bach Cantatas deals helpful 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 kind. Chafe demonstrates that, whereas Bach definitely hired "pictorialism" and word-painting in his compositions, his approach to writing tune used to be a extra advanced amalgam of theological strategies and tune conception. in regards to the cantatas as musical allegories that replicate the basic tenets of Lutheran theology as tested in the course of Bach's lifetime, Chafe synthesizes a few key musical and theological principles to light up the basic personality of those nice works.

This special and insightful e-book bargains a vital technique for knowing one of many significant our bodies of labor within the Western musical canon. it is going to end up essential for all scholars and students of Bach's paintings, musicology, and theological studies.

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