The Resource Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas oratorio : music, theology, culture, Markus Rathey

Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas oratorio : music, theology, culture, Markus Rathey

Label
Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas oratorio : music, theology, culture
Title
Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas oratorio
Title remainder
music, theology, culture
Statement of responsibility
Markus Rathey
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In the last decades of the 17th century, the feast of Christmas in Lutheran Germany underwent a major transformation when theologians and local governments waged an early modern "war on Christmas," discouraging riotous pageants and carnivalesque rituals in favor of more personal and internalized expressions of piety. Christmas rituals, such as the "Heilig Christ" plays and the rocking of the child (Kindelwiegen) were abolished, and Christian devotion focused increasingly on the metaphor of a birth of Christ in the human heart. John Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorio, composed in 1734, both reflects this new piety and conveys the composer's experience living through this tumult during his own childhood and early career. Markus Rathey's book is the first thorough study of this popular masterpiece in English. While giving a comprehensive overview of the Christmas Oratorio as a whole, the book focuses on two themes in particular: the cultural and theological understanding of Christmas in Bach's time and the compositional process that led Bach from the earliest concepts to the completed piece. The cultural and religious context of the oratorio provides the backdrop for Rathey's detailed analysis of the composition, in which he explores Bach's compositional practices, for example, his reuse and parodies of movements that had originally been composed for secular cantatas. The book analyzes Bach's original score and sheds new light on the way Bach wrote the piece, how he shaped musical themes, and how he revised his initial ideas into the final composition." -- Publisher's description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rathey, Markus
Dewey number
782.23
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • music
Index
index present
LC call number
ML410.B13
LC item number
R287 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian
Label
Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas oratorio : music, theology, culture, Markus Rathey
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 391-407) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Redefining Christmas -- Layers of time: the theology of the Christmas oratorio -- Bach's oratorio concept -- Planning the oratorio -- Dichotomies (Part I) -- Mundane and celestial harmonies (Part II) -- Inward mobility (Part III) -- "What's in a name?" (Part IV) -- Paths on enlightenment (Part V) -- The bridegroom and the enemy (Part VI) -- Looking ahead: an epilogue
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 414 pages
Isbn
9780190275259
Lccn
2015049008
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, music
System control number
  • (OCoLC)932116152
  • (OCoLC)ocn932116152
Label
Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas oratorio : music, theology, culture, Markus Rathey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 391-407) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Redefining Christmas -- Layers of time: the theology of the Christmas oratorio -- Bach's oratorio concept -- Planning the oratorio -- Dichotomies (Part I) -- Mundane and celestial harmonies (Part II) -- Inward mobility (Part III) -- "What's in a name?" (Part IV) -- Paths on enlightenment (Part V) -- The bridegroom and the enemy (Part VI) -- Looking ahead: an epilogue
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 414 pages
Isbn
9780190275259
Lccn
2015049008
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, music
System control number
  • (OCoLC)932116152
  • (OCoLC)ocn932116152

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