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J. S. Bach's 'Leipzig' Chorale Preludes: Music, Text, Theology
     

J. S. Bach's 'Leipzig' Chorale Preludes: Music, Text, Theology

by Anne Leahy, Robin A. Leaver (Editor)
 

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Originally composed in Weimar and later revised in Leipzig, J. S. Bach's chorale preludes have been a source of some puzzlement. However, Bach scholar Anne Leahy argues that through the careful examination of the links among the music, hymn texts, and theological sources some answers may be had. From Bach's personal and deep interest in Lutheran theology to his

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Originally composed in Weimar and later revised in Leipzig, J. S. Bach's chorale preludes have been a source of some puzzlement. However, Bach scholar Anne Leahy argues that through the careful examination of the links among the music, hymn texts, and theological sources some answers may be had. From Bach's personal and deep interest in Lutheran theology to his enormous musical passion, Leahy considers a series of critical questions is there a common theme in setting or does the original manuscript for the chorales simply reflect a random gathering of compositions? How critical is their order and what might its theological significance be? And if the chorales are a unified collection, which parts were to be included and which not? Indeed, were the chorales themselves part of a possibly larger corpus? As Leahy makes evident, there are no simple answers, which is why she considers the critical relationship between the texts of the hymns and their relationship to the chorales, outlining a theological pattern vital to fully grasping the guiding philosophy of these compositions. J. S. Bach's Leipzig Chorale Preludes Music, Text, Theology is ideally suited for Bach scholars and those with a general interest in the intricate relationship between text and music in the composition of religious music.

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The American Organist
J.S. Bach’s 'Leipzig' chorale preludes include some of his most intensely beautiful works for organ as well as some of the most challenging for the performer to interpret. While these eighteen chorale preludes have received much scholarly attention, they continue to inspire new ideas. The late Anne Leahy’s monograph explores their liturgical purpose and theological meaning in the context of Bach’s Lutheran world. Leahy bases her observations on the chorale texts, detailed analysis of the music, and writings by Luther and his followers. Her analysis includes discussion of other music by Bach, mostly vocal works with similar subjects and approaches to setting the text. As background, she highlights commentary from other Bach scholars from Spitta forward. Leahy’s comprehensive approach adds another resource for the organist to enrich performance. ... The book. . . serves as a valuable resource for the organist and student of Bach. . . . Leahy’s observations are thoughtful and often original.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810881815
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/10/2011
Series:
Contextual Bach Studies Series , #3
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Anne Leahy (1961-2007) was a leading light in Bach studies and lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama. She was the first Gerhard Herz Visiting Professor of Bach Studies at Louisville University in the Fall of 2003. Robin A. Leaver is a renowned musicologist and theologian. Leaver is the author of many works, including A Communion Sunday in Scotland ca. 1780: Liturgies and Sermons (Scarecrow, 2010). He is also series editor of Contextual Bach Studies from Scarecrow Press.

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