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Johann Sebastian Bach – <i>B Minor Mass</i>

Dennis Shrock

in Choral Monuments

Published in print July 2017 | ISBN: 9780190469023
Published online July 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190469061 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190469023.003.0003
Johann Sebastian Bach – B Minor Mass

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Historical discussion focuses on the lineage of the Bach family, compositions determined by circumstances of employment, the composition of Lutheran Masses, the possible rationale for composing a Catholic Mass, and the history of the B Minor Mass in terms of manuscripts, performances, and editions. Musical discussion focuses on parody technique, the assemblage of four disparate units of composition into the B Minor Mass, comparisons of stile antico and stile moderno characteristics of the Mass, and formal and musical structures of the Mass, with special attention to structural balance and mirror dispositions. Performance practices include singers and instrumentalists and their arrangements in performance, meter as it affects tempo, rhythmic alteration, and ornamentation.

Keywords: J. S. Bach; B Minor Mass; Thomaskirche; stile antico; stile moderno; parody technique; ornamentation; mirror structures

Chapter.  19090 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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