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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 special are few. during this e-book, famous Bach professional Eric Chafe combines theological, old, 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 song, Chafe is delicate to the composer's intentions and to the iconic and common features of the song itself.

Concentrating on a small variety of consultant cantatas, generally 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 spiritual adventure in musical allegory. Analyzing Bach Cantatas bargains helpful 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 kind. Chafe demonstrates that, whereas Bach definitely hired "pictorialism" and word-painting in his compositions, his approach to writing track used to be a extra complicated amalgam of theological options and tune thought. concerning the cantatas as musical allegories that replicate the elemental tenets of Lutheran theology as proven in the course of Bach's lifetime, Chafe synthesizes a couple of key musical and theological principles to light up the basic personality of those nice works.

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

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