Listening to Bach: The Mass in B Minor and the Christmas Oratorio

ISBN : 9780190881054

Daniel R. Melamed
176 Pages
140 x 210 mm
Pub date
Jun 2018
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This book encourages eighteenth-century ways of listening to J. S. Bach's Mass in B Minor and Christmas Oratorio. It explores the concept of musical style, suggests ways to listen to works created by the re-use of music for new words, and shows how modern performances are stamped with audible consequences of our place in the twenty-first century.


List of Tables
List of Audio Examples
Preface: Listening to Bach
Part I: The Mass in B Minor BWV 232
1. Performing the Mass in B Minor in an Age of Choices
2. Listening to Parody in the Mass in B Minor
3. The Musical Topic of the Mass in B Minor
Part II: The Christmas Oratorio BWV 248
4. Parody and its Consequences in the Christmas Oratorio
5. Listening to the Christmas Oratorio with a Calendar
6. The Christmas Oratorio in the Shadow of Bach's Passions
Epilogue: How to Listen to Bach
Appendix: Tables
Suggestions for Further Reading and Listening

About the author: 

Daniel R. Melamed is Professor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is the author of Hearing Bach's Passions (updated paperback 2016) and J.S. Bach and the German Motet, co-author (with Michael Marissen) of An Introduction to Bach Studies, and editor of the essay collections Bach Studies 2 and J. S. Bach and the Oratorio Tradition (Bach Perspectives 8). He serves as the General Editor for the American Bach Society and advisor to the Bloomington Bach Cantata Project.

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