Analyzing Bach Cantatas

Analyzing Bach Cantatas

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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 light 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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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 164.6 x 235.7 x 24.9mm | 639.58g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 39 music examples
  • 019512099X
  • 9780195120998

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Analyzing Bach Cantatas must be mandatory reading for anyone wishing to achieve an understanding of the importance of Lutheran theology and hermeneutics in Bach's cantatas, be they student, scholar or simply the listener seeking a better understanding of these unique works. * Early Music Review * In its densely packed, often densely argued, pages Analysing Bach's Cantatas presents a cogent, all-embracing method of inquiry into one of the richest legacies of the western European classical tradition. The book and its multi-disciplinary approach stand as a monument to modern Bach scholarship, with which Chafe opens many windows of understanding on the composer's music. * Early Music Today * Chafe is obligingly open to a wide range of readership, intending that the book should bring more music lovers to appreciate Bach and his music ... Chafe alerts us to a side to the historical Bach that we might otherwise miss. * Early Music History * Chafe is a formidable music theorist ... Inalyzing Bach Cantatas is a provocative and challenging book, an impressive blend of historical methodology and practical demonstration. Its author has done much to reinvigorate the search for meaning in Bach. * Music and Letters *
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About Eric Chafe

Eric Chafe is the Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Musicology at Brandeis University. His previous books include Monteverdi's Tonal Language (1992), which won both the American Musicological Society's Kinkeldey Award and the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, and Tonal Allegory in the Vocal Music of J. S. Bach (1991).
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