Biblical quotation and allusion in the cantata libretti of Johann Sebastian Bach

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Scarecrow Press, 1997 - Music - 223 pages
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The libretti of Johann Sebastian Bach's church cantatas, which function in parallel to the liturgical propers of the Sundays and festivals of the church year, are rich in biblical language and imagery. In this pioneering work of systematic research, Meyer demonstrates in detail how these liturgical libretti quoted and alluded to the text of Luther's German Bible. The book, which has been compiled with the interests of both scholar and performer in mind, assists the fundamental understanding of the liturgical functions of these cantatas of Bach, as well as being an important resource for further theological, musical, and linguistic study. Cantatas are grouped by liturgical use or church festival. An extensive index listing of Cantatas in numerical and alphabetical order increases the usefulness of this book, which is also an important contribution to our knowledge of this distinctive genrea of late baroque poetry. The text is in both English and German.
 

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Contents

Introduction
ix
Einleitung
xxi
ADVENT
1
CHRISTMASWEIHNACHTEN
5
NEW YEARNEUJAHR
16
EPIPHANYEPIPHANIAS
22
PRELENTVORFASTENZETT
33
LENTFASTENZEIT
42
PURIFICATIONMARIAE REINIGUNG
142
ANNUNCIATIONMARIAE VERKÜNDIGUNG
146
VISITATIONMARIAE HEIMSUCHUNG
148
ST JOHNS DAYJOHANNISTAG
151
ST MICHAELS DAYMICHAELISTAG
155
REFORMATION
159
TOWN COUNCILELECTION RATSWECHSEL
162
WEDDINGTRAUUNGEN
166

EASTEROSTERN
45
ASCENSIONHIMMELFAHRT
62
PENTECOSTPFINGSTEN
67
TRINITYTRINTTATIS
75
CHURCH AND ORGAN DEDICATIONKIRCH UND ORGELWEIHE
169
FUNERALTRAUERFEIERN
171
VARIOUS CHURCH OCCASIONSVERSCHIEDENE KIRCHLICHE BESTIMMUNG
172
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About the author (1997)

Ulrich Meyer, a respected German Bach scholar, has contributed many articles to such journals as Musik und Kirche, Die Musikforschung, and Bach-Jahrbuch, and is founding member of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft für theologische Bachforschung.

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