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The Social and Religious Designs of J. S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos

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The Social and Religious Designs of J. S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos
Title
The Social and Religious Designs of J. S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This new investigation of the Brandenburg Concertos explores musical, social, and religious implications of Bach's treatment of eighteenth-century musical hierarchies. By reference to contemporary music theory, to alternate notions of the meaning of "concerto," and to various eighteenth-century conventions of form and instrumentation, the 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. It shows how Bach's concertos challenge (as opposed to reflect) existing musical and social hierarchies. Careful consideration of Lutheran theology and Bach's documented understanding of it reveals, however, that his music should not be understood to call for progressive political action. One important message of Lutheranism, and, in this interpretation, of Bach's concertos, is that in the next world, the heavenly one, the hierarchies of the present world will no longer be necessary. Bach's music more likely instructs its listeners how to think about and spiritually cope with contemporary hierarchies than how to act upon them. In this sense, contrary to currently accepted views, Bach's concertos share with his extensive output of vocal music for the Lutheran liturgy an essentially religious character
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MiAaPQ
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Marissen, Michael
LC call number
ML410.B13 -- M27 1995eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Bach, Johann Sebastian, -- 1685-1750. -- Brandenburgische Konzerte
Label
The Social and Religious Designs of J. S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos
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Copyright
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (163 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400821655
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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unknown sound
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remote
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  • (MiAaPQ)EBC581623
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL581623
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr10035788
  • (CaONFJC)MIL275220
  • (OCoLC)700688646
Label
The Social and Religious Designs of J. S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (163 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400821655
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC581623
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL581623
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr10035788
  • (CaONFJC)MIL275220
  • (OCoLC)700688646

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