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Individual and Communal Freedom and the Performance History of the St. Matthew Passion by Bach and Mendelssohn

Markus Rathey

in Theology, Music, and Modernity: Struggles for Freedom

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780198846550
eISBN:
9780191881633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846550.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Theology

When Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy performed Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in the concert hall of the Berlin Singakademie in 1829, he not only transferred a piece of liturgical music into ... More


The Reinvention of Religious Music: Olivier Messiaen's Breakthrough Toward the Beyond

Sander van Maas

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230570
eISBN:
9780823236695
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230570.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

On the basis of a careful analysis of Olivier Messiaen's work, this book argues for a renewal of our thinking about religious music. Addressing his notion of a “hyper-religious” music ... More


The Theology of Richard Allen’s Musical Worship

Awet Andemicael

in Theology, Music, and Modernity: Struggles for Freedom

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780198846550
eISBN:
9780191881633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846550.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Theology

This chapter examines the role music may have played in Bishop Richard Allen’s struggle for African-American liberation from slavery, and empowerment as full participants in church and state affairs. ... More


Mundane and Celestial Harmonies (Part II)

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/9780190275259.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The chapter analyzes the second part of the oratorio. It explores how early modern concepts of music as reflections of heavenly and divine harmony are realized in several movements of this part of ... More


Sounding Prophecy: Words and Music in the Sacrificia

Rebecca Maloy

in Songs of Sacrifice: Chant, Identity, and Christian Formation in Early Medieval Iberia

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780190071530
eISBN:
9780190071561
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190071530.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter considers the relationship between the melodies and the semantic content of the texts, thus bearing on the contentious question of whether chant melodies can relate to textual meaning. ... More


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

Markus Rathey

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190275259
eISBN:
9780190275273
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190275259.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio is one of his most popular pieces. This book is the first thorough study of this masterpiece in English. While giving a comprehensive overview of the ... More


Tears into Wine: J. S. Bach's Cantata 21 in its Musical and Theological Contexts

Eric Chafe

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780190217297
eISBN:
9780190217310
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190217297.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

A study of J. S. Bach’s Cantata 21, the fourth cantata composed by Bach in Weimar 1714 after his elevation to the position of concert master. Bach’s longest cantata to this point in his career, ... More


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