By Eric Chafe

Bach's cantatas are one of the optimum achievements of Western musical artwork, but reports of the person cantatas which are either illuminating and specific are few. during this e-book, famous Bach specialist 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 iconic and common features of the track 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 non secular adventure in musical allegory. Analyzing Bach Cantatas bargains worthy 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 tune was once a extra complicated amalgam of theological thoughts and song concept. concerning the cantatas as musical allegories that mirror the basic tenets of Lutheran theology as proven in the course of Bach's lifetime, Chafe synthesizes a couple of key musical and theological rules to light up the fundamental personality of those nice works.

This specified and insightful booklet deals an important technique for knowing one of many relevant our bodies of labor within the Western musical canon. it's going to end up crucial for all scholars and students of Bach's paintings, musicology, and theological studies.

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