Bach: Mass in B Minor / Edition 1

Bach: Mass in B Minor / Edition 1

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Bach: Mass in B Minor / Edition 1

The Mass in B Minor is arguably Bach's greatest single work. This short guide considers the work from many angles, offering the reader basic information in a concise and accessible form. John Butt gives an absorbing account of the work's genesis, its historical context, and its reception by later generations. One chapter considers the work movement by movement, providing the text in both Latin and English, and the final group of chapters on the music itself suggests some new approaches to the work—its forms, style and overall structure. This is an informative and lucid guide, providing an up-to-date summary of existing research and opinions together with some new and challenging insights.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521387163
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/28/2002
Series: Cambridge Music Handbooks Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.31(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; List of abbreviations; Preface; 1. The musical genre of the mass ordinary; 2. Genesis and purpose; 3. Reception history; 4. Text and music: the process of adaptation and composition; 5. Ritornello forms; 6. The influence of the dance; 7. Counterpoint; 8. Figurae and the motivic texture; 9. Patterns and proportions: large-scale structuring and continuity in the Mass in B Minor; Afterword.

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