My Only Comfort: Death, Deliverance and Discipleship in the Music of Bach

My Only Comfort: Death, Deliverance and Discipleship in the Music of Bach

by Calvin R. Stapert
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802844723

ISBN-13: 9780802844729

Pub. Date: 01/28/2000

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

In the history of Western music, J. S. Bach is unsurpassed in mastery of technique and profundity of thought. He was also a devout Lutheran with a broad knowledge of Scripture and theology. Given Bach's combination of musical prowess, personal devotion, and theological depth, it is not surprising that his music stands unexcelled among artistic expressions of the

Overview

In the history of Western music, J. S. Bach is unsurpassed in mastery of technique and profundity of thought. He was also a devout Lutheran with a broad knowledge of Scripture and theology. Given Bach's combination of musical prowess, personal devotion, and theological depth, it is not surprising that his music stands unexcelled among artistic expressions of the Christian faith. With the passage of time, however, many of the essential keys to understanding Bach's music have been lost. My Only Comfort uniquely reconnects modern listeners with Bach's music, enabling them to listen to Bach with renewed understanding and appreciation.

After an introduction to Bach, his theological knowledge, his musical language, and the various genres of sacred music in his output, Calvin Stapert leads readers through specific works by Bach that express, interpret, and vivify some of the principal doctrines of the Christian faith. For each work discussed, Stapert provides relevant quotations from the Heidelberg Catechism (a novel and provocative approach to the study of Bach), a literal translation of the text set beside the German original, and textual and musical commentary meant to contribute to a more perceptive and devotional listening to the work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802844729
Publisher:
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Sales rank:
960,073
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

INTRODUCTION

"Essential" and "Canonical" Bach
Bach the Theologian
Bach’s Musical Language
Cantatas
Motets
Chorale Preludes
Passions and Oratorios
Mass in B Minor

THE CATECHISM IN BACH’S WORKS

Prologue: My Only Comfort
Motet: Fürchte dich nicht

Part I: Death

Chorale Prelude: "Durch Adams Fall"
Cantata 199: Mein Herz schwimmt in Blut

Part II: Deliverance

What Kind of Deliverer?
Cantata 61: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
What Must a Christian Believe?
Credo from Mass in B Minor
Birth of Jesus
Christmas Oratorio, Part II
Death of Jesus
The Passions
Resurrection of Jesus
Cantata 4: Christ lag in Todes Banden

Part III: Discipleship

Coming-to-Life of the New Self
Three Chorale Preludes on "Dies sind die heiligen zehn Gebot"
Cantata 77: Du sollst Gott, deinen Herren, lieben
Anointed to Confess His Name
Cantata 147: Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben
Anointed to Be a Living Sacrifice
Cantata 56: Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen
Anointed to Reign with Him Eternally
Cantata 140: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
"Gloria" from Mass in B Minor
"Sanctus" from Mass in B Minor
"Dona nobis pacem" from Mass in B Minor

Glossary
Works Cited
Index

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