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By Eric Chafe

Bach's cantatas are one of the maximum achievements of Western musical artwork, but reviews of the person cantatas which are either illuminating and exact are few. during this ebook, famous Bach specialist Eric Chafe combines theological, ancient, 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 song, Chafe is delicate to the composer's intentions and to the iconic and common features of the tune itself.

Concentrating on a small variety of consultant cantatas, quite often 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 helpful info 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 track used to be a extra advanced amalgam of theological strategies and song thought. in regards to the cantatas as musical allegories that replicate the elemental tenets of Lutheran theology as confirmed 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 exact and insightful e-book deals a necessary method for realizing one of many relevant our bodies of labor within the Western musical canon. it is going to turn out quintessential for all scholars and students of Bach's paintings, musicology, and theological studies.

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