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Baroque Choral Music: The Popular and the Profound

Katharine Ellis

in Interpreting the Musical Past: Early Music in Nineteenth Century France

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195365856
eISBN:
9780199867738
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195365856.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter examines how the politicized nature of Handel's reception in the late 1860s caused enthusiasm for his choral music to reach a nationalist peak at Bach's expense shortly after war ended. ... More


The Price of Assimilation: Felix Mendelssohn and the Nineteenth-Century Anti-Semitic Tradition

Jeffrey S. Sposato

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195149746
eISBN:
9780199870783
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149746.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This book examines the relationship of composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809–47) to his Jewish heritage. Most scholars since World War Two have assumed that Mendelssohn, who was born Jewish but was ... 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


Seeing and Understanding: The Oratorios for Easter and Ascension BWV 249 and 11

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/9780300217209.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter examines Johann Sebastian Bach’s oratorios for Easter Sunday and Ascension Day. Easter Oratorio and Ascension Oratorio were composed for use during the regular morning liturgy. A common ... 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Winding Up: June 1917

E. Douglas Bomberger

in Making Music American: 1917 and the Transformation of Culture

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780190872311
eISBN:
9780190872342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190872311.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American, History, Western

The first selective service registration on 5 June forced Schumann-Heink’s sons, the members of the ODJB, and millions of other American men between twenty-one and thirty to register for the draft. ... More


The Oratorio from Haydn to Elgar

Chester L. Alwes

in A History of Western Choral Music, Volume 2

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780199376995
eISBN:
9780199377022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199376995.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Nineteenth-century composers inherited a proven and popular genre of choral music—the Handelian oratorio. This chapter documents the various modifications they made to renovate Handel’s basic ... More


Easter through Misericordias: Cantatas 249, 6, 42, and 85

Eric Chafe

in J. S. Bach's Johannine Theology: The St. John Passion and the Cantatas for Spring 1725

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199773343
eISBN:
9780199949502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773343.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter introduces the part of the liturgical year known as the “great fifty days,” summarizes Bach's post‐Easter cantatas for 1725, and discusses the original version of the Easter Oratorio and ... 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


The Oratorio Composer II: Towards Victory, 1745–9

Donald Burrows

in Handel

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199737369
eISBN:
9780190268152
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199737369.003.0012
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter examines the 1745–9 Lenten opera season of George Frideric Handel, who despite having health issues, still continued to compose music. Handel's works of this period centred on heroes and ... More


Milton Modulated for Handel’s Music

Ruth Smith

in Milton in the Long Restoration

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198769774
eISBN:
9780191822605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769774.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Milton Studies, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

After the Bible, Milton’s verse was the principal choice of Handel’s collaborators as the source of texts to stimulate his highest art. Handel composed and performed three settings taken from Milton: ... More


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