New PDF release: Analyzing Bach Cantatas

By Eric Chafe

Bach's cantatas are one of the maximum achievements of Western musical paintings, but reports of the person cantatas which are either illuminating and targeted are few. during this booklet, famous Bach specialist Eric Chafe combines theological, historic, analytical, and interpretive techniques to the cantatas to supply readers and listeners alike the richest attainable adventure of those works. A revered theorist of seventeenth-century track, Chafe is delicate to the composer's intentions and to the iconic and common features of the track itself.

Concentrating on a small variety of consultant cantatas, regularly from the Leipzig cycles of 1723-24 and 1724-25, and specifically on Cantata seventy seven, Chafe indicates how Bach strove to reflect either the dogma and the secret of non secular adventure in musical allegory. Analyzing Bach Cantatas deals useful details at the theological relevance of the constitution of the liturgical 12 months for the layout and content material of those works, in addition to a survey of the theories of modality that tell Bach's compositional type. Chafe demonstrates that, whereas Bach definitely hired "pictorialism" and word-painting in his compositions, his approach to writing tune was once a extra complicated amalgam of theological ideas and track thought. in regards to the cantatas as musical allegories that mirror the basic tenets of Lutheran theology as verified in the course of Bach's lifetime, Chafe synthesizes a few key musical and theological rules to light up the fundamental personality of those nice works.

This designated and insightful ebook bargains an important technique for figuring out one of many principal our bodies of labor within the Western musical canon. it is going to end up essential for all scholars and students of Bach's paintings, musicology, and theological studies.

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