Bach: Mass in B Minor

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An absorbing account of the mass's genesis--its historical context and its reception by later generations--considers the work movement by movement, and includes an English as well as Latin text.
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Overview

An absorbing account of the mass's genesis--its historical context and its reception by later generations--considers the work movement by movement, and includes an English as well as Latin text.
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"While the book has numerous virtues—such as up-to-date assessments of why Bach created the Mass, and of how he used pre-existing pieces to do so—an even finer kind of writing emerges when Butt takes us into the composer's workshop." Fanfare

"...this book fulfills its purpose admirably. For the concert-goer, it provides a lucid guide to one of the pillars of western music. For the serious student or choral conductor, it furnishes an introduction to the glories and the mysteries of what is arguably Bach's greatest single work." John Devorick, The Choral Journal

"...a most welcome attempt to sum up the main results of recent scholarship on the B Minor Mass. Designed mainly for nonspecialists it presents a concise and up-to-date account of Bach's monumental work that will be of use to students, teachers, and music lovers alike." Peter Wollny, Notes

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521382809
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/24/1991
  • Series: Cambridge Music Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 126
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of abbreviations
1 The musical genre of the mass Ordinary 1
2 Genesis and purpose 7
The Missa of 1733 7
Cantata BWV 191: Gloria in excelsis Deo 12
Bach's compilation of the Mass in B Minor 14
Evidence for performances before Bach's death 19
Bach's purpose in compiling the missa tota 20
3 Reception history 25
Early manuscript transmission 25
Early performances 27
The first editions 29
Bach-Gesellschaft to Neue Bach-Ausgabe 31
After the Neue Bach-Ausgabe 36
Performance practice 38
4 Text and music: the process of adaptation and composition 42
5 Ritornello forms 60
The "classical" ritornello 62
The relationship between the ritornello and the vocal sections 62
Hidden ritornellos 68
6 The influence of the dance 70
Dances and the structure of movements--the "Qui sedes" 72
7 Counterpoint 77
Bach and the stile antico 77
Other contrapuntal movements 82
8 Figurae and the motivic texture 84
9 Patterns and proportions: large-scale structuring and continuity in the Mass in B Minor 92
The Missa of 1733 (Kyrie and Gloria) 92
The Symbolum Nicenum 94
The remaining sections of the Mass 95
The structure of the complete Mass 95
Continuity between movements--the newly-composed "Confiteor" 97
Afterword 102
Notes 104
Select bibliography 111
Index 113
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