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From Love Song to Lullaby: The Christmas Oratorio BWV 248

Markus Rathey

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780300217209
eISBN:
9780300219517
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300217209.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter examines the Christmas Oratorio, with particular emphasis on the relationship between Johann Sebastian Bach’s interest in operatic scenes and his setting of the nativity story. The ... More


Bach’s Oratorio Concept

Markus Rathey

in Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorio: Music, Theology, Culture

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190275259
eISBN:
9780190275273
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190275259.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Bach did not explicitly use the term “oratorio” before the year 1734. The chapter traces the reasons for Bach’s decision to compose oratorios. It demonstrates how composers such as Johann Adolph ... More


Layers of Time: The Theology of the Christmas Oratorio

Markus Rathey

in Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorio: Music, Theology, Culture

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190275259
eISBN:
9780190275273
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190275259.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The rejection of older traditions of celebrating Christmas, as outlined in chapter 2, led to a new theological understanding of the feast. Central ideas that are emphasized by seventeenth- and ... More


Prelude

Markus Rathey

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780300217209
eISBN:
9780300219517
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300217209.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This book contains introductions to six of Johann Sebastian Bach’s major vocal works: Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio, St John Passion, St Matthew Passion, B Minor Mass, Ascension Oratorio, and Easter ... More


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

Markus Rathey

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780300217209
eISBN:
9780300219517
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300217209.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

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 ... More


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