By Eric Chafe

Bach's cantatas are one of the maximum achievements of Western musical paintings, but reviews of the person cantatas which are either illuminating and targeted are few. during this ebook, famous Bach specialist Eric Chafe combines theological, old, analytical, and interpretive techniques to the cantatas to supply readers and listeners alike the richest attainable adventure 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 song itself.

Concentrating on a small variety of consultant cantatas, in most cases from the Leipzig cycles of 1723-24 and 1724-25, and particularly on Cantata seventy seven, Chafe indicates how Bach strove to reflect either the dogma and the secret of non secular adventure in musical allegory. Analyzing Bach Cantatas deals beneficial 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 used to be a extra advanced amalgam of theological suggestions and track conception. concerning the cantatas as musical allegories that replicate the elemental tenets of Lutheran theology as validated in the course of Bach's lifetime, Chafe synthesizes a couple of key musical and theological principles to light up the fundamental personality of those nice works.

This certain and insightful ebook bargains a necessary technique for realizing one of many imperative our bodies of labor within the Western musical canon. it is going to end up necessary for all scholars and students of Bach's paintings, musicology, and theological studies.

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