Bach: The Mass in B Minor: The Great Catholic Mass

Bach: The Mass in B Minor: The Great Catholic Mass

by George B. Stauffer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300099665

ISBN-13: 9780300099669

Pub. Date: 12/28/2003

Publisher: Yale University Press

In this book George B. Stauffer explores the music and complex history of Bach's last and possibly greatest masterpiece. Stauffer examines the B-Minor Mass in greater detail than ever before, demonstrating for the first time Bach's reliance on contemporary models from the Dresden Mass repertory and his brilliantly innovative methods of unifying his immense composition…  See more details below

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In this book George B. Stauffer explores the music and complex history of Bach's last and possibly greatest masterpiece. Stauffer examines the B-Minor Mass in greater detail than ever before, demonstrating for the first time Bach's reliance on contemporary models from the Dresden Mass repertory and his brilliantly innovative methods of unifying his immense composition. Musicians, music scholars, students, and music lovers will find in this engagingly written book a wealth of information about Bach's extraordinary choral work.
Stauffer surveys the roots of the Mass Ordinary text and its treatment in settings known to Bach. He looks at the events that led to the writing of the B-Minor Mass and places the work within the context of the composer's late style. In three deeply informed chapters, Stauffer considers the individual sections of the Mass-the Kyrie and Gloria, the Credo, and the Sanctus and Agnus Dei. The book also traces the history of the work after Bach's death, addresses specific issues of performance practice, and investigates the qualities that give the B-Minor Mass its universal appeal.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300099669
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Series:
Yale Music Masterworks
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Abbreviations
Ch. 1The Late Baroque Church Mass: Catholic and Lutheran1
Ch. 2The Composition of the B-Minor Mass24
Ch. 3The Kyrie and Gloria51
Ch. 4The Credo98
Ch. 5The Sanctus and Agnus Dei145
Ch. 6The B-Minor Mass After Bach's Death: Survival, Revival, and Reinterpretation175
Ch. 7Issues of Performance Practice206
Ch. 8"The Great Catholic Mass"250
A Word on Modern Editions267
Notes271
Index301

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