Bach's Choral Music

Bach's Choral Music

by Gordon Jones
     
 

(Unlocking the Masters). Includes full-length CD from the Bach Collegium Japan. J.S. Bach A Listener's Guide to His Choral Music introduces the general listener to a genre of music that is mistakenly supposed to be "difficult." A vivid biographical sketch of Bach's life and times provides the necessary background. The book then takes on the question "What is a cantata… See more details below

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(Unlocking the Masters). Includes full-length CD from the Bach Collegium Japan. J.S. Bach A Listener's Guide to His Choral Music introduces the general listener to a genre of music that is mistakenly supposed to be "difficult." A vivid biographical sketch of Bach's life and times provides the necessary background. The book then takes on the question "What is a cantata?" and guides the listener systematically through fugue, recitative, and aria. The author chooses 30 of Bach's 200 church cantatas that are especially likely to be performed live, and explores them in detail. Studies of the two great oratorios, the "St John Passion" and the "St. Matthew Passion," follow, together with a detailed analysis of what Bach himself probably thought to be his finest work, the "Mass in B Minor." The book is accompanied by a 75-minute CD featuring complete tracks from five of the finest cantatas, as well as several tracks from the two Passions, the Mass, and "Magnifcat."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574671803
Publisher:
Amadeus Press, LLC
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Series:
Unlocking the Masters Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Gordon Jones is a freelance sports writer who has covered sports in eastern Pennsylvania for more than 30 years, writing for such publications as the Morning Call in Allentown, Pennsylvania and the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal. He is a coauthor of Tales from the Philadelphia 76ers. He lives in Lititz, Pennsylvania.

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