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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


Listening to the <i>Christmas Oratorio</i> with a Calendar

Daniel R. Melamed

in Listening to Bach: The Mass in B Minor and the Christmas Oratorio

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780190881054
eISBN:
9780190882570
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190881054.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio has six parts that Bach performed on six days from Christmas to Epiphany. We usually experience it as a unified work, and Bach considered it one, but in ... More


Parody and Its Consequences in the <i>Christmas Oratorio</i>

Daniel R. Melamed

in Listening to Bach: The Mass in B Minor and the Christmas Oratorio

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780190881054
eISBN:
9780190882570
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190881054.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Johann Sebastian Bach set the poetic texts in the Christmas Oratorio—everything that isn’t gospel narrative or hymn stanza—to music he had originally composed for civic occasions. This raises many ... More


The <i>Christmas Oratorio</i> in the Shadow of Bach’s Passions

Daniel R. Melamed

in Listening to Bach: The Mass in B Minor and the Christmas Oratorio

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780190881054
eISBN:
9780190882570
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190881054.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

The Christmas Oratorio has consistently been in the shadow of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Passion settings. This was ordained by the context of the work’s revival after the St. Matthew and St. John ... 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


Listening to Bach: The Mass in B Minor and the Christmas Oratorio

Daniel R. Melamed

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780190881054
eISBN:
9780190882570
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190881054.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Modern audiences can learn to listen to Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor BWV 232 and Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 in ways that reflect eighteenth-century sensibilities and that recognize our ... 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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