J. S. Bach's 'Leipzig' Chorale Preludes: Music, Text, Theology

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Scarecrow Press, 10.10.2011 - 326 Seiten
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In 2007, the great Bach scholar Anne Leahy died at the age of 46. She was a leading light in Bach studies and lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Conservatory of Music and Drama. Posthumously edited by renowned Bach scholar Robin A. Leaver, Leahy's dissertation research forms the basis for this original study of the preludes to Bach's Leipzig chorales.

Originally composed in Weimar and later revised in Leipzig, Bach's compositions have been a source of some puzzlement. As Leahy notes, "the original intentions of Bach and the possible purpose of this collection might be regarded as speculative." Working from available sources, however, she argues that through the careful examination of the links among the music, hymn texts, and theological sources some answers may be had. From Bach's personal and deep interest in Lutheran theology to his enormous musical passion, Leahy considers closely a series of critical questions: does the original manuscript for the chorales simply reflect a random gathering of compositions or is there a common theme in setting? How critical is the order of the chorales and what is the theological significance of that order? Were the chorales a unified collection, and if so, which parts were to be included and which not? Indeed, were the chorales themselves part of a possibly larger corpus?

As Leahy makes evident, there are no simple answers, which is why she considers critical the relationship the texts of the hymns to the chorales and to one another, outlining a theological pattern that is vital to fully grasping the guiding philosophy of these compositions.

J. S. Bach's "Leipzig" Chorale Preludes: Music, Text, Theology is ideally suited for Bach scholars and those with a general interest in the intricate connections between text and music in the composition of religious music.
  

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Inhalt

Chapter 1 Komm heiliger Geist Herre Gott
1
Chapter 2 An Wasserflüssen Babylon
37
Chapter 3 Schmücke dich o liebe Seele
59
Chapter 4 Herr Jesu Christ dich zu uns wend
79
Chapter 5 O Lamm Gottes unschuldig
91
Chapter 6 Nun danket alle Gott
109
Chapter 7 Von Gott will ich nicht lassen
121
Chapter 8 Nun komm der Heiden Heiland
137
Chapter 10 Jesus Christus unser Heiland
219
Chapter 11 Komm Gott Schöpfer heiliger Geist
251
Chapter 12 Vor deinen Thron tret ich
265
Bibliography
281
Index of Bachs Works
289
Index of Names
293
About the Author
297
Urheberrecht

Chapter 9 Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr
179

Häufige Begriffe und Wortgruppen

Über den Autor (2011)

Anne Leahy (1961-2007) was a leading light in Bach studies and lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama. She was the first Gerhard Herz Visiting Professor of Bach Studies at Louisville University in the Fall of 2003.

Robin A. Leaver is a renowned musicologist and theologian. Leaver is the author of many works, including A Communion Sunday in Scotland ca. 1780: Liturgies and Sermons (Scarecrow, 2010). He is also series editor of Contextual Bach Studies from Scarecrow Press.

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