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Lutheranism, Anti-Judaism, and Bach's St. John Passion

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Designed for general readers and scholars, this study explores the Lutheran commentary in Bach's St. John Passion and suggests tha... Lire la suite
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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. Included are a literal, annotated translation of the libretto and an appendix on anti-Judaism and Bach's other works.

Particularly deserving of praise is the fine translation of the Passion text from German

About the Author Michael Marissen is Associate Professor of Music at Swarthmore College. His publications include The Social and Religious Designs of J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos (1995) and An Introduction to Bach Studies, with Daniel Melamed (Oxford 1998).

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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? Although the bibliographies on Bach and on Judaism have grown enormously since World War II, there has been very little work on the relationships between these two areas. This is hardly surprising; writers focusing on issues of anti-Semitism often lack musical training and are, in any event, interested in more pressing social and political issues. Bach scholars, on the other hand, have mostly concentrated on narrowly defined musical topics. And strangely, almost no scholarly attention has been given to the relationships between Lutheranism and Judaism as they affect the St. John Passion. Through a reappraisal of Bach's work and its contexts, Michael Marissen confronts Bach and Judaism directly, providing interpretive commentary that could serve as a basis for more informed and sensitive discussions of this troubling work. Consisting of a long interpretive essay, followed by an annotated literal translation of the libretto, a guide to recorded examples, and a detailed bibliography, this concise text provides the reader with the tools to assess the work on its own terms and in the appropriate contexts. The discussion centers first on the principal messages of the St. John Passion: Jesus' identity, his work, and how this affects the lives of his followers. Marissen goes on to suggest that fosteringhostility toward Jews is not the subject or purpose of Bach's setting. For those who would reduce Bach's powerful work to its artistry, and for those listeners who find Bach's music deeply meaningful but may not have considered its attendant religious and cultural issues, as well

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Titre: Lutheranism, Anti-Judaism, and Bach's St. John Passion
Sous-titre: With an Annotated Literal Translation of the Libretto
Code EAN: 9780195114713
ISBN: 978-0-19-511471-3
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Oxford University Press
Genre: Musique
nombre de pages: 128
Poids: 376g
Taille: H242mm x B161mm x T15mm
Année: 1998