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By Eric Chafe

Bach's cantatas are one of the maximum achievements of Western musical artwork, but reports of the person cantatas which are either illuminating and exact are few. during this publication, famous Bach specialist Eric Chafe combines theological, historic, analytical, and interpretive ways to the cantatas to provide 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 characteristics of the song itself.

Concentrating on a small variety of consultant cantatas, typically 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 spiritual adventure in musical allegory. Analyzing Bach Cantatas bargains important details at the theological relevance of the constitution of the liturgical 12 months 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 track was once a extra complicated amalgam of theological techniques and tune idea. concerning the cantatas as musical allegories that replicate the elemental tenets of Lutheran theology as tested 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 specified and insightful e-book deals a vital method for figuring out one of many crucial our bodies of labor within the Western musical canon. it's going to turn out necessary for all scholars and students of Bach's paintings, musicology, and theological studies.

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