Bach's Dialogue with Modernity: Perspectives on the Passions

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Cambridge University Press, 14 ene. 2010 - 317 páginas
Providing a detailed analysis of Bach's Passions, this 2010 book represents an important contribution to the debate about the culture of 'classical music', its origins, priorities and survival. The angles from which each chapter proceeds differ from those of a traditional music guide, by examining the Passions in the light of the mindsets of modernity, and their interplay with earlier models of thought and belief. While the historical details of Bach's composition, performance and theological context remain crucial, the foremost concern of this study is to relate these works to a historical context that may, in some threads at least, still be relevant today. The central claim of the book is that the interplay of traditional imperatives and those of early modernity renders Bach's Passions particularly fascinating as artefacts that both reflect and constitute some of the priorities and conditions of the western world.
 

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Introduction
1
Bachs Passions and the construction of early modern subjectivities
36
Bachs Passions and the textures of time
97
The hermeneutic perspective negotiating the poles of faith and suspicion
146
The voices we hear and the construction of narrative authority
193
Between rhetoric and dialectic Bachs inventive stance
240
Afterword
293
Movement numbers and titles in the Neue BachAusgabe editions of the John and Matthew Passions
297
Bibliography
302
Index
312
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John Butt is Gardiner Professor of Music at the University of Glasgow.

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