Bach: The Mass in B Minor / Edition 1

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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."Stauffer's greatest contribution to our knowledge and understanding of Bach's Mass lies in his extensive survey of the Dresden Mass repertory. . . . [He] also provides an extensive examination of issues of scoring, particularly relevant for the Credo section onwards since Bach's original performing parts-which would have provided many details concerning both instrumental and vocal scoring-do not survive."-John Butt, Early Music

Author Biography: George B. Stauffer is dean and professor of music history at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He is a frequent contributor to music journals and is author or editor of four previous books on Bach. He served as president of the American Bach Society from 1996 to 2000.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028724751
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Series: Monuments of Western Music Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 269
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Abbreviations
Ch. 1 The Late Baroque Church Mass: Catholic and Lutheran 1
Ch. 2 The Composition of the B-Minor Mass 24
Ch. 3 The Kyrie and Gloria 51
Ch. 4 The Credo 98
Ch. 5 The Sanctus and Agnus Dei 145
Ch. 6 The B-Minor Mass After Bach's Death: Survival, Revival, and Reinterpretation 175
Ch. 7 Issues of Performance Practice 206
Ch. 8 "The Great Catholic Mass" 250
A Word on Modern Editions 267
Notes 271
Index 301
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