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Eric Chafe's Analyzing Bach Cantatas PDF

By Eric Chafe

Bach's cantatas are one of the optimum achievements of Western musical paintings, but stories of the person cantatas which are either illuminating and precise are few. during this booklet, famous Bach professional Eric Chafe combines theological, historic, analytical, and interpretive methods to the cantatas to supply readers and listeners alike the richest attainable adventure of those works. A revered theorist of seventeenth-century song, Chafe is delicate to the composer's intentions and to the long-lasting and common features of the tune itself.

Concentrating on a small variety of consultant cantatas, more often than not from the Leipzig cycles of 1723-24 and 1724-25, and particularly on Cantata seventy seven, Chafe exhibits how Bach strove to reflect either the dogma and the secret of spiritual adventure in musical allegory. Analyzing Bach Cantatas bargains precious 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 song used to be a extra advanced amalgam of theological thoughts and track thought. concerning the cantatas as musical allegories that replicate the basic tenets of Lutheran theology as demonstrated in the course of Bach's lifetime, Chafe synthesizes a few key musical and theological rules to light up the basic personality of those nice works.

This specified and insightful booklet deals an important technique for figuring out one of many imperative 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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