We have no means of knowing, as each performance produced its particular revisions. To which his answer seems to be both yes and no. In some ways I find this a less satisfactory chapter, though its fuller form published in the Journal of the American Musicological Society , , vol.
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Unlike other chapters, it does not seem to me to address the essential question that those who listen to or perform the Matthew need to grapple with. The Matthew is nowhere as dramatic as the John in its setting of the biblical narrative, but the quality of the melodic material in the ariosos and arias has an instinctive appeal. In a work where each singer covers many different roles, how does the principle, enunciated by Luther in his sermons on the Passion in and , that it is wrong to blame others — the Jews or Judas — for the death of Christ as we are all we are fallen sinners so corporately responsible, work out in practice for the listeners — the congregation?
What is more complex is to establish with some clarity just which of the four known versions any one performance will follow.
Clearest is the second, from , because it is from this version that the bulk of the surviving parts date. For the final revision in , there was a more wholesale return to the earliest version musically with only slight tweaks musically, but this time the rather striking imagery in the text of a number of the arias was toned down in a more rationalistic manner, and we can only imagine what theological controversies or undercurrents may have provoked this.
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Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Temporarily Out of Stock Online Please check back later for updated availability. Overview Providing a detailed analysis of Bach's Passions, this book represents an important contribution to the debate about the culture of 'classical music', its origins, priorities and survival. The angles from which each chapter proceeds differ from those of a traditional music guide, by examining the Passions in the light of the mindsets of modernity, and their interplay with earlier models of thought and belief. While the historical details of Bach's composition, performance and theological context remain crucial, the foremost concern of this study is to relate these works to a historical context that may, in some threads at least, still be relevant today.
Synopsis About this title Bach's Dialogue with Modernity A detailed analysis of Bach's Passions which demonstrates how they reflect and constitute priorities and conditions of the western world. Review : 'This spirited and wide-ranging book opens up a host of original and timely perspectives on a crucial repertoire, and argues eloquently for the vital relevance and rewards Bach's Passions offer the modern world.
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