Download PDF by Eric Chafe: Analyzing Bach Cantatas

By Eric Chafe

ISBN-10: 019512099X

ISBN-13: 9780195120998

ISBN-10: 0195161823

ISBN-13: 9780195161823

Bach's cantatas are one of the maximum achievements of Western musical artwork, but stories of the person cantatas which are either illuminating and particular are few. during this e-book, famous Bach professional Eric Chafe combines theological, old, analytical, and interpretive ways 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 characteristics of the tune itself.

Concentrating on a small variety of consultant cantatas, in general 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 spiritual adventure in musical allegory. Analyzing Bach Cantatas deals important details at the theological relevance of the constitution of the liturgical yr for the layout and content material of those works, in addition to a survey of the theories of modality that tell Bach's compositional variety. Chafe demonstrates that, whereas Bach definitely hired "pictorialism" and word-painting in his compositions, his approach to writing track used to be a extra advanced amalgam of theological strategies and tune thought. in regards to the cantatas as musical allegories that mirror the elemental tenets of Lutheran theology as verified in the course of Bach's lifetime, Chafe synthesizes a couple of key musical and theological rules to light up the fundamental personality of those nice works.

This precise and insightful ebook bargains a necessary technique for knowing one of many valuable our bodies of labor within the Western musical canon. it is going to end up necessary for all scholars and students of Bach's paintings, musicology, and theological studies.

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