Johann Sebastian Bach's St John Passion : Genesis, Transmission, and Meaning: Genesis, Transmission, and Meaning

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OUP Oxford, 30 nov. 2000 - 196 páginas
This book (published in German by B--auml--;renreiter in 1988 and now available in English translation for the first time) is a comprehensive guide to the genesis, transmission, structure, meaning, and performance considerations of Bach's St John Passion. The St John Passion is one of Bach's most fascinating works. Its text demonstrates a profound understanding of St John's Gospel. The musical design of the choruses with their numerous interrelationships is quite unique and requires some explanation. The fact that the Passion exists in four different versions leads D--uuml--;rr to ask which changes were intentional and which were the result of practical constraints or of orders issued by church authorities. The introduction to the work is preceded by a detailed account of its genesis and transmission, and the uniquely complicated nature of the sources. The discussion of the Passion itself is based on the assumption that what Bach wanted to say to the Leipzig congregation on Good Friday was designed to be understood in verbal and musical terms. Number symbolism, 'eye music', and encrypted information do not form the essence of what Bach was trying to communicate to us.
 

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Genesis
1
1 VERSION I 1724
3
2 VERSION II 1725
4
3 VERSION III C1730
7
4 VERSION IV C1749
9
5 SCORE A
10
Transmission
14
2 THE REVISED SCORE SOURCE A C17391749
15
3 BACHS MUSIC
56
a The Composition of the Biblical Narrative
57
b The Chorale Movements
71
c The Choruses
74
d The Arias and Ariosos
79
4 PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE OVERALL FORMAL DESIGN AND THE DIFFERENT VERSIONS
95
5 PERFORMANCE PRACTICE
107
b The Execution of the Continuo
110

3 THE ORIGINAL PARTS
18
Set I
20
Set II
21
Set III
24
Set IV
25
Parts no longer extant
26
Meaning
30
2 THE TEXT OF THE ST JOHN PASSION
32
b The Gospel Text
37
c The Chorale Verses
39
d The Free Poetry
41
c Specific Problems
111
Problematical Points
115
THE RECONSTRUCTION OF MOVEMENT 33 IN VERSION I
119
THE CHRONOLOGY OF THE PASSIONS BACH PERFORMED IN LEIPZIG
120
APPENDIX IV THE PROBLEM OF SYMMETRY IN BACHS WORK
124
BIBLIOGRAPHY
129
Photographic Acknowledgements
132
Passio secundum Johannem
134
INDEX
179
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