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Biblical Quotation and Allusion in the Cantata Libretti of Johann Sebastian Bach : Studies in Liturgical Musicology - Ulrich Meyer

Biblical Quotation and Allusion in the Cantata Libretti of Johann Sebastian Bach

Studies in Liturgical Musicology

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Published: 28th January 1997
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The libretti of Johann Sebastian Bach's church cantatas, which function in parallel to the liturgical propers of the Sundays and festivals of the church year, are rich in biblical language and imagery. In this pioneering work of systematic research, Meyer demonstrates in detail how these liturgical libretti quoted and alluded to the text of Luther's German Bible. The book, which has been compiled with the interests of both scholar and performer in mind, assists the fundamental understanding of the liturgical functions of these cantatas of Bach, as well as being an important resource for further theological, musical, and linguistic study. Cantatas are grouped by liturgical use or church festival. An extensive index listing of Cantatas in numerical and alphabetical order increases the usefulness of this book, which is also an important contribution to our knowledge of this distinctive genrea of late baroque poetry. The text is in both English and German.

...both books are valuable additions to the Bach literature. This book is useful especially for students, performers, and others who seek precise knowledge of the meaning of Bach's cantata librettos. * American Bach Society * The texts (libretti) of the Bach cantatas contain many biblical quotations and allusions, which relate to the specific gospel readings of the day for which they were originally composed. Because of this, the music often functioned as an enhancement of a particular religious message, and this often complex nexus of contextual meanings has been traced by Ulrich Meyer in the present handbook. It aims to assist further research by establishing the links between the cantata texts and the Lutheran Bible, and illuminating the elaborate 'give-and-take' between scripture, theology, and Bach's music in this extraordinary corpus. The book is very detailed in its apparatus of references, cross-references, and appendixes, providing easy access to all the relevant passages in both German and English versions of the Bible. * ECCB: The Eighteenth-Century Current Bibliography * It is refreshing to see a text such as this one...Meyer has done everyone a favor by recounting, in alpha-subject fashion, all the quotations and allusions in the cantata libretti by the magisterial Johann Sebastian Bach. * American Reference Books Annual * ...both books are valuable additions to the Bach literature. This book is useful especially for students, performers, and others who seek precise knowledge of the meaning of Bach's cantata librettos. American Bach Society The texts (libretti) of the Bach cantatas contain many biblical quotations and allusions, which relate to the specific gospel readings of the day for which they were originally composed. Because of this, the music often functioned as an enhancement of a particular religious message, and this often complex nexus of contextual meanings has been traced by Ulrich Meyer in the present handbook. It aims to assist further research by establishing the links between the cantata texts and the Lutheran Bible, and illuminating the elaborate 'give-and-take' between scripture, theology, and Bach's music in this extraordinary corpus. The book is very detailed in its apparatus of references, cross-references, and appendixes, providing easy access to all the relevant passages in both German and English versions of the Bible. ECCB: The Eighteenth-Century Current Bibliography It is refreshing to see a text such as this one...Meyer has done everyone a favor by recounting, in alpha-subject fashion, all the quotations and allusions in the cantata libretti by the magisterial Johann Sebastian Bach. American Reference Books Annual

Editor's Preface
Introduction
Abbreviations
Adventp. 1
Christmasp. 5
New Yearp. 16
Epiphanyp. 22
Pre-Lentp. 33
Lentp. 42
Easterp. 45
Ascensionp. 62
Pentecostp. 67
Trinityp. 75
Purificationp. 142
Annunciationp. 146
Visitationp. 148
St. John's Dayp. 151
St. Michael's Dayp. 155
Reformationp. 159
Council Electionp. 162
Weddingp. 166
Church and Organ Dedicationp. 169
Funeralp. 171
Various Church Occasionsp. 172
Index 1. Bible textsp. 177
Index 2. Cantatas in Alphabetical Orderp. 217
Index 3. Cantatas in Numerical (BWV) Orderp. 222
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ISBN: 9780810833296
ISBN-10: 0810833298
Series: Studies in Liturgical Musicology
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 28th January 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.88 x 16.36  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.44