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Lutheranism, anti-Judaism, and Bach's St. John Passion : with an annotated literal translation of the libretto

Author: Michael Marissen; Johann Sebastian Bach
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Bach's St. John Passion is surely one of the monuments of Western music, yet performances have become inevitably controversial. In large part, this is the result of the combination of powerful, highly emotional music coupled with a text that includes passages from a gospel marked by vehement anti-Judaic sentiments. What did this masterpiece mean in Bach's day, and what does it mean today?
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Named Person: Johann Sebastian Bach; Jesus Christ; Johann Sebastian Bach; Jésus-Christ; Johann Sebastian Bach; Johann Sebastian Bach; Johann Sebastian Bach; Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ.; Johann Sebastian (1685-1750) Bach; Jésus-Christ
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Marissen; Johann Sebastian Bach
ISBN: 019511471X 9780195114713
OCLC Number: 37813511
Language Note: Text is in English and German, with English translation.
Description: xii, 109 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Issues of method --
Bach's duties --
Lutheranism and theories of atonement --
Following Jesus, according to the St. John Passion. Who is Jesus? ; Faith and discipleship ; Theology of the cross --
Lutheran concepts of Jews and Judaism. The Gospel of John ; Luther's polemics ; Luther and Hitler ; Luther on Jews as "Christ killers" --
Jew-hatred and the St. John Passion. Olearius and Brockes ; Musical repetition and symmetry ; Who crucified Jesus? --
Where now? --
Annotated literal translation fo the libretto --
Appendix 1 : Notes on anti-Judaism and Bach's other works --
Appendix 2 : Musical examples.
Responsibility: Michael Marissen.
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Designed for general readers and scholars, this study explores the Lutheran commentary in Bach's St. John Passion and suggests that fostering hostility to Jews is not its subject or purpose. Also  Read more...

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