The Parallel German-English Texts with Annotations
By (author) Michael Marissen
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Bach's Oratorios by Michael Marissen
Book DescriptionThe major choral works by Johann Sebastian Bach-the Christmas, Easter, and Ascension Oratorios, and the St. Matthew, St. Mark, and St. John Passions-stand as the most frequently-performed and penetratingly discussed of the genre. Renowned Bach scholar Michael Marissen has assembled a compact, well-designed and ideally useful treatment of Bach's oratorios, providing the full German texts with literal English translations and copious annotations. He provides strict literal translations of these texts, with citations from the Luther Bible as it was known in Bach's day, along side extensive footnotes that provide information addressing the interests and concerns of today's Bach community. These are the first translations of the librettos from Bach's oratorios to accommodate the many sense-clarifying allusions to the readings of the Luther Bibles in Bach's day, to explore from historical dictionaries the meanings of previously unnoticed archaic usages, and to contrast relevant findings from modern biblical scholarship. Marissen's insights are particularly helpful, his thoroughness is impressive, and the book will be a longstanding, definitive, and essential reference for choral directors, performers, audience members, and Bach scholars alike.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195367171
(240mm x 162mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 25-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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Social and Religious Designs of J.S.Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, Paperback (July 1999)» View all books by Michael Marissen
Explores musical, social, and religious implications of Bach's treatment of eighteenth-century musical hierarchies. This book argues that the Brandenburg Concertos are better understood not as an arbitrary collection of unrelated examples of "pure" instrumental music, but rather as a carefully compiled and meaningfully organized set.
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Author Biography - Michael Marissen
Michael Marissen is the Daniel Underhill Professor of Music History, Swarthmore College, and author of Lutheranism, Anti-Judaism, and Bach's St. John Passion (Oxford, 1998) and The Social and Religious Designs of J. S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos (Princeton, 1995), co-author (with Daniel Melamed) of An Introduction to Bach Studies (Oxford, 1998), and Editor, Creative Responses to Bach from Mozart to Hindemith (Nebraska, 1998). He is frequently an invited lecturer to major performances of Bach and Handel (e.g. the NY Philharmonic, among others), and speaks about 20+ times per year at these oratorio concerts.
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