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
     
 

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… See more details below

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.

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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
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
"Essential" and "Canonical" Bach3
Bach the Theologian7
Bach's Musical Language12
Cantatas20
Motets29
Chorale Preludes31
Passions and Oratorios33
Mass in B Minor42
The Catechism in Bach's Works
Prologue: My Only Comfort51
Pt. IDeath62
Pt. IIDeliverance74
What Kind of Deliverer? Cantata 61: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland75
What Must a Christian Believe? Credo from Mass in B Minor87
Birth of Jesus: Christmas Oratorio, Part II101
Death of Jesus: The Passions112
Resurrection of Jesus: Cantata 4: Christ lag in Todes Banden148
Pt. IIIDiscipleship165
Coming-to-Life of the New Self: Three Chorale Preludes on "Dies sind die heiligen zehn Gebot"; Cantata 77: Du sollst Gott, deinen Herren, lieben166
Anointed to Confess His Name: Cantata 147: Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben178
Anointed to Be a Living Sacrifice: Cantata 56: Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen192
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 Minor204
Glossary227
Works Cited231
Index235

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