Bach & God by Michael Marissen

By Michael Marissen

Bach & God explores the spiritual personality of Bach's vocal and instrumental tune in seven interrelated essays. famous musicologist Michael Marissen bargains wide-ranging interpretive insights from cautious biblical and theological scrutiny of the librettos. but he additionally indicates how Bach's pitches, rhythms, and tone colours could make contributions to a work's believable meanings that transcend surroundings texts in an aesthetically pleasurable demeanour. In a few of Bach's vocal repertory, the tune places a "spin" at the phrases in a fashion that seems to be explainable as orthodox Lutheran in its orientation. In some of Bach's vocal works, his another way puzzlingly fierce musical settings serve to underscore now unrecognized or unacknowledged verbal polemics, so much unsettlingly so with regards to his church cantatas that specific contempt for Jews and Judaism. ultimately, even Bach's secular instrumental track, really the past due collections of "abstract" realized counterpoint, can powerfully venture sure parts of conventional Lutheran theology. Bach's track is inexhaustible, and Bach & God suggests that via shut contextual research there's regularly extra to find and learn.

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Bach & God

Bach & God explores the non secular personality of Bach's vocal and instrumental tune in seven interrelated essays. famous musicologist Michael Marissen bargains wide-ranging interpretive insights from cautious biblical and theological scrutiny of the librettos. but he additionally indicates how Bach's pitches, rhythms, and tone shades could make contributions to a work's believable meanings that transcend environment texts in an aesthetically gratifying demeanour.

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