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By Michael Marissen

Bach & God explores the non secular personality of Bach's vocal and instrumental song in seven interrelated essays. famous musicologist Michael Marissen deals wide-ranging interpretive insights from cautious biblical and theological scrutiny of the librettos. but he additionally exhibits how Bach's pitches, rhythms, and tone shades could make contributions to a work's believable meanings that transcend atmosphere texts in an aesthetically fulfilling demeanour. In a few of Bach's vocal repertory, the song places a "spin" at the phrases in a manner that seems to be explainable as orthodox Lutheran in its orientation. In some of Bach's vocal works, his in a different way puzzlingly fierce musical settings serve to underscore now unrecognized or unacknowledged verbal polemics, so much unsettlingly so relating to his church cantatas that specific contempt for Jews and Judaism. eventually, even Bach's secular instrumental song, fairly the past due collections of "abstract" realized counterpoint, can powerfully undertaking yes parts of conventional Lutheran theology. Bach's tune is inexhaustible, and Bach & God suggests that via shut contextual research there's continually extra to find and learn.

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