Hearing Bach's Passions

Hearing Bach's Passions

by Daniel R. Melamed
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195169336

ISBN-13: 9780195169331

Pub. Date: 03/24/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

"Johann Sebastian Bach's two surviving passions - St. John and St. Matthew - are an essential part of the modern repertory, performed regularly both by professional ensembles and amateur groups. These large, complex pieces are well loved, but behind these familiar passion settings lurk questions and problems that emerge from our distance from their original context.…  See more details below

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"Johann Sebastian Bach's two surviving passions - St. John and St. Matthew - are an essential part of the modern repertory, performed regularly both by professional ensembles and amateur groups. These large, complex pieces are well loved, but behind these familiar passion settings lurk questions and problems that emerge from our distance from their original context. Bach scholar Daniel Melamed offers unique insight into Bach's passion settings." "Rather than providing a movement-by-movement analysis, Melamed uses the Bach repertory to introduce readers to some of the intriguing issues in the study and performance of older music, and explores what it means to listen to this music today." Highly accessible to the non-specialist, the book assumes no technical musical knowledge and does not rely on printed musical examples. Based on the most recent scholarship and using lucid prose, the book opens up the debates surrounding this repertory to music lovers, choral singers, church musicians, and students of Bach's music.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195169331
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/24/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : hearing passions in Bach's time and ours3
Ch. 1Vocal forces in Bach's passions19
Ch. 2Singers and roles in Bach's passions33
Ch. 3The double chorus in the St. Matthew Passion BWV 24449
Ch. 4Which St. Mark Passion BWV 245?66
Ch. 5A St. Mark passion makes the rounds78
Ch. 6Parody and reconstruction : the St. Mark Passion BWV 24797
Ch. 7Bach/not Bach : the anonymous St. Luke Passion BWV 246111
Epilogue : listening to Bach's passions today131

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