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Bach’s Choral-Buch?: The Significance of a Manuscript in the Sibley Library

Robin A. Leaver

in Bach Perspectives, Volume 10: Bach and the Organ

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040191
eISBN:
9780252098413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040191.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter examines a collection of Bach chorale harmonizations copied in Dresden sometime during the 1730s, with the goal of clarifying both its likely provenance and purpose. “Sebastian Bach’s ... More


Miscellaneous Organ Trios from Bach’s Leipzig Workshop

George B. Stauffer

in Bach Perspectives, Volume 10: Bach and the Organ

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040191
eISBN:
9780252098413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040191.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter examines various independent trio movements that Johann Sebastian Bach either composed or transcribed, probably prior to the composition of the Six Sonatas for organ. The Six Trio ... More


Bach’s Report on Johann Scheibe’s Organ for St. Paul’s Church, Leipzig: A Reassessment

Lynn Edwards Butler

in Bach Perspectives, Volume 10: Bach and the Organ

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040191
eISBN:
9780252098413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040191.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter revisits Johann Sebastian Bach’s 1717 report on Johann Scheibe’s organ for St. Paul’s Church at the University of Leipzig. On December 16, 1717, Bach examined the organ “partly newly ... More


Music from Heaven: An Eighteenth-Century Context for Cantatas with Obbligato Organ

Matthew Cron

in Bach Perspectives, Volume 10: Bach and the Organ

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040191
eISBN:
9780252098413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040191.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter provides an eighteenth-century context for Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantatas with obbligato organ by showing how their various components engage in a larger discourse about the German ... More


Bach Perspectives, Volume 10: Bach and the Organ

Matthew Dirst (ed.)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040191
eISBN:
9780252098413
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040191.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

A publication of the American Bach Society, this book pioneers new areas of research into the life, times, and music of the master composer. This volume is a collection of groundbreaking essays ... More


Did J. S. Bach Write Organ Concertos?: Apropos the Prehistory of Cantata Movements with Obbligato Organ

Christoph Wolff

in Bach Perspectives, Volume 10: Bach and the Organ

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040191
eISBN:
9780252098413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040191.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter explores the prehistory of the cantata movements with obbligato organ and asks whether Johann Sebastian Bach wrote organ concertos by focusing on the sinfonias of his Cantatas 146 and ... More


The Choir Loft as Chamber: Concerted Movements by Bach from the Mid- to Late 1720s

Gregory Butler

in Bach Perspectives, Volume 10: Bach and the Organ

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040191
eISBN:
9780252098413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040191.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter examines concerted movements written by Johann Sebastian Bach from the mid- to late 1720s and how he adopted a “choir loft as chamber” approach to organ performance—performing different ... More


Listening to the Christmas Oratorio 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


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


Parody and Its Consequences in the Christmas Oratorio

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


Performing the Mass in B Minor in an Age of Choices

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/9780190881054.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Every performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’'s Mass in B Minor makes choices. The work’s compositional history and the nature of the sources that transmit it require performers to make decisions about ... More


The Christmas Oratorio 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


Listening to Parody in the Mass in B Minor

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/9780190881054.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Writings about Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor are dominated by discussions of parody, the origin of most of the Mass in music Bach had composed for other texts and purposes. There are ... More


The Musical Topic of the Mass in B Minor

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/9780190881054.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

If there is a fundamental musical subject of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor, a compositional problem the work explores, it is the tension between two styles cultivated in church music of ... More


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