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Bach : Mass in B Minor - John Butt

Bach

Mass in B Minor

By: John Butt

Paperback

Published: 23rd August 1991
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The Mass in B Minor is arguably Bach's greatest single work. This short guide considers the work from many angles, offering the reader basic information in a concise and accessible form. John Butt gives an absorbing account of the work's genesis, its historical context, and its reception by later generations. One chapter considers the work movement by movement, providing the text in both Latin and English, and the final group of chapters on the music itself suggests some new approaches to the work--its forms, style and overall structure. This is an informative and lucid guide, providing an up-to-date summary of existing research and opinions together with some new and challenging insights.

'... outstanding. Into a mere 100 lucid pages, this most stimulating of our younger Bach scholar-performers has managed to pack accounts of the work's background, composition and reception history ... this little book serves to illuminate not only the Mass itself, but the entire sweep of current thinking about Bach.' Bayan Northcott, BBC Music Magazine ' ... this little book serves to illuminate not only the Mass itself, but the entire sweep of current thinking about Bach.' Bayan Northcott, BBC Music Magazine 'John Butt's handbook (116 pp inc. Index) on the Mass in B minor is an absolute MUST for anyone who wants to know about this remarkable piece in every particular.' London Bach Society

List of illustrations
List of abbreviations
Preface
The musical genre of the mass ordinary
Genesis and purpose
Reception history
Text and music: the process of adaptation and composition
Ritornello forms
The influence of the dance
Counterpoint
Figurae and the motivic texture
Patterns and proportions: large-scale structuring and continuity in the Mass in B Minor
Afterword.
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521387163
ISBN-10: 0521387167
Series: Cambridge Music Handbooks
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 23rd August 1991
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.14