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Bach in the world : music, society, and representation in Bach's cantatas

Bach in the world : music, society, and representation in Bach's cantatas / Markus Rathey.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2023]
Physical Description
x, 290 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Johann Sebastian Bach's works are often classified along the lines of "sacred" versus "secular." While this distinction is fraught with problems, it seems to provide a useful way to distinguish between Bach's vocal works for the liturgy and those that were written to honor courts and members of the nobility. But even there, the lines cannot be drawn that clearly. The political and social systems of Bach's 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. The book analyzes public manifestations of the social order during Bach's time in large-scale celebrations, processions, public performances, and visual displays. By analyzing selected cantatas, the book explores 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-in a few cases-even challenged"-- Provided by publisher.
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Online version: Rathey, Markus. Bach in the world New York : Oxford University Press, 2022
Added to Catalog
January 04, 2023
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Taming the Coquette : Literary Conventions and Compositional Processes in the Coffee Cantata
The "Wonderful Play" of Music : An Epilogue.

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