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9780197578841

Bach in the World Music, Society, and Representation in Bach's Cantatas

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    9780197578841

  • ISBN10:

    0197578845

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2022-11-15
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

Johann Sebastian Bach's works are often classified as either sacred or secular. While this distinction is fraught, it seems to provide a useful way to distinguish between Bach's vocal works for the liturgy and those he wrote to honor courts and members of the nobility. But even so, the lines cannot be drawn clearly. The political and social systems of the time relied on religion as an ideological foundation, and public displays of political power almost always included religious rituals and thus required some form of sacred music. Social constructs, such as class and gender, were also embedded in religious frameworks.

In Bach in the World, author Markus Rathey offers a new exploration of how Bach's music functioned as an agent of affective communication within rituals, such as the installation of the town council, and as a place where socio-political norms were perpetuated and sometimes even challenged. The book does so by analyzing public manifestations of the social order during Bach's time in large-scale celebrations, processions, public performances, and visual displays.

Author Biography


Markus Rathey is Robert S. Tangeman Professor of Music History at Yale University. His research focuses on music in the second half of the 17th century, Johann Sebastian Bach, and the Bach family. His books include a study of Bach's Christmas Oratorio and an introduction to Bach's major vocal works.
He is past-president of the American Bach Society and associate editor of the Yale Journal of Music and Religion.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements
A note on translations

1. Introduction
2. Music, Space, and Symbolic Communication in Bach's Installation Cantatas
3. Music as Spiritual Practice and Political Message: The Theology of Bach's Cöthen Cantatas
4. Trumpets, Drums, and Thundering Cannons: The Te Deum Laudamus in Civic Ceremonies
5. Cantatas as Multisensory Spectacles: Beyond the Score of BWV 215
6. Defeminizing Virtue: Gender Identities in Bach's Secular Cantatas of the 1730s
7. Taming the Coquette: Literary Conventions and Compositional Processes in the Coffee Cantata
8. The "Wonderful Play" of Music: An Epilogue

Bibliography
Index

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