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Bringing Bach's Music to Life

Bringing Bach's Music to Life (Paperback)

By Smith, Craig Alan
Edited by Dellal, Pamela

With a unique relationship to Bach's works and their liturgical function, Craig Smith engages the cantatas as living works of art, exploring how they work musically, emotionally, and theologically. Integrating spiritual, psychological, and compositional analysis, these vivid essa...ys reveal Bach's power to communicate complex messages of faith, doubt, and the human condition. In the Foreword, eminent composer and close friend of Smith, John Harbison, writes: Craig's writing embraces, at times dissolves, never ignores, the distance - esoteric, temporal, linguistic, cultural - that the Bach cantatas carry. The paternalistic theology, the presentness of sin, the Devil, the rough proximity of Death is never evaded or finessed. That which should remain difficult is acknowledged. That which immediately attracts is gratefully received. What is constantly suggested is that this may be the finest music that the finest composer wrote, and that it is never too late to catch up to it.
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ISBN 9781576473078
Publisher Pendragon Press
Format Paperback
Series Monographs in Musicology
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ISBN-13 9781576473078
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Pendragon Press
Imprint Pendragon Press
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Smith, Craig Alan
Edited by Dellal, Pamela
Series Monographs in Musicology
Category Composers & Musicians
Baroque music (c 1600 to c 1750)
Number of Pages 502
Dimensions Not specified
Dewey Code 782.24092
Weight 41,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Cantatas - History and criticism, Cantatas
NBS Text Music & Dance
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly