The Cantatas of J. S. Bach: With Their Librettos in German-English Parallel Text

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A work-by-work commentary on the Bach cantatas by one of the world's most famous Bach scholars, now available in English and in paperback for the first time. It includes all the cantata libretti in German-English parallel text. An indispensable reference book for anyone listening to, performing, or studying any of the Bach cantatas.
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Overview


A work-by-work commentary on the Bach cantatas by one of the world's most famous Bach scholars, now available in English and in paperback for the first time. It includes all the cantata libretti in German-English parallel text. An indispensable reference book for anyone listening to, performing, or studying any of the Bach cantatas.
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"D:u rr's text is intented for non-specialists and interested listeners, providing a well-informed and unpretentious description of each cantata. His focus is on the text and music, but his concise account of the occasions and recipients of these performances should stimulate thought about how Bach cultivated favour with local academics and with the Saxon electoral family."--Stephen Rose, Early Music

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199297764
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/14/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 984
  • Sales rank: 1,260,738
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alfred Dürr is one of the principal editors of the Neue Bach Ausgabe in which he edited "Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier." He holds honorary doctorates of music at Baldwin-Wallace College, Ohio and at Oxford University.

Richard Jones is a Bach scholar who has been a music editor, writer, and teacher since 1980. He studied at the University of Oxford and has taught at the universities of Cardiff and Sheffield. In 1997 he became the editor of the piano grade exam pieces for the Associated Board.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Abbreviations
Part 1 Introduction to Bach's cantatas
1. History of the cantata before Bach
2. Development of the Bach Cantata
3. Performance practice in Bach's cantatas
Part 2 Church Cantatas
1. Cantatas for the church year: Advent to Trinity
2. Cantatas for the church year: First to Twenty-seventh Sunday after Trinity
3. The Marian Feasts
4. The Feast of St John the Baptist
5. The Feast of the Archangel Michael
6. The Reformation Festival
7. Church and Organ Consecration
8. Council Elections
9. Weddings
10. Funerals
11. Various occasions
Part 3 Secular Cantatas
1. Festive music for the courts of Weimar, Wessenfels, and Cothen
2. Festive music for the Electoral House of Saxony
3. Festive music for Leipzig University celebrations
4. Festive music for Leipzig council and school celebrations
5. Leipzig music of homage for nobles and burghers
6. Weddings
7. Various occasions
Appendix: Doubtful and spurious cantatas
Bibliography
Indices

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