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Bach's Major Vocal Works
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Bach's Major Vocal Works: Music, Drama, Liturgy

Markus Rathey

Abstract

Every year, Johann Sebastian Bach’s major vocal works are performed to mark liturgical milestones in the Christian calendar. Written by a renowned Bach scholar, this book provides an introduction to the music and cultural contexts of the composer’s most beloved masterpieces, including the Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio, and St John Passion. In addition to providing historical information, each chapter highlights significant aspects—such as the theology of love—of a particular piece. This book is the first to treat the vocal works as a whole, showing how the compositions were embedded in their ... More

Keywords: music, Johann Sebastian Bach, Christian calendar, masterpieces, Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio, St John Passion, vocal works, liturgy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780300217209
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300217209.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Markus Rathey, author
Yale School of Music