Analyzing Bach Cantatas / Edition 1

Analyzing Bach Cantatas / Edition 1

by Eric Chafe
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Oxford University Press, USA

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Analyzing Bach Cantatas / Edition 1

The Bach cantatas are among the highest achievements of Western musical art; yet studies of individual Bach cantatas that are both illuminating and detailed are few in number. In this book Eric Chafe combines theological, historical, analytical, and interpretive approaches to the cantatas to offer the reader and listener the richest possible experience of the works in the tight of the composer's intentions and of the enduring and universal qualities of the works. Concentrating on a small number of representative cantatas, mostly from the Leipzig cycles of 1723-24 and 1724-25, and in particular on Cantata 77, Chafe illustrates how Bach strove to mirror both the dogma and the mystery of religious experience in musical allegory.

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ISBN-13: 9780195120998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 12/28/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. The Hermeneutic Matrix
2. The Lutheran "Metaphysical" Tradition in Music and Music Theory
3. Cantata 21, "Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis"
4. Modal Questions
5. Bach's Reflection on the Past: Moral Chorales in Cantata Designs
6. Two Chorale Cantatas
7. Cantata 77: The Theological Background
8. "Du sollt Gott, deinen Herren, lieben": An Analysis of Cantata 77
9. Epilogue: Cantata 60, "O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort"

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