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

Author: Markus Rathey
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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)  Read more...
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Rathey, Markus.
Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas oratorio.
New York : Oxford University Press, [2016]
(DLC) 2015049271
Named Person: Johann Sebastian Bach; Johann Sebastian Bach; Johann Sebastian (1685-1750) Bach
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Markus Rathey
ISBN: 9780190275259 0190275251
OCLC Number: 932116152
Description: xiv, 414 pages : illustrations, music ; 25 cm
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.
Responsibility: Markus Rathey.

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This book is the first thorough study of Bach's popular Christmas Oratorio in English. While giving a comprehensive overview of the oratorio, the book focuses in particular on the cultural and  Read more...

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A noted Bach scholar, Rathey (Yale) presents a masterful holistic study that includes both in-depth musical analyses and in-depth investigations of the environment in which the oratorio was created. Read more...

 
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