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Parody and Reconstruction: The <i>St. Mark Passion</i> BWV 247

Daniel R. Melamed

in Hearing Bach's Passions

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780195169331
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199865376 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195169331.003.06
 Parody and Reconstruction: The St. Mark Passion BWV 247

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Can the 18th-century practice of reusing vocal music help us recover a lost passion setting by Bach? There have been many attempts to reconstruct Bach's lost St. Mark Passion by drawing on the compositions whose music Bach evidently reworked to create the passion in a process known as parody. But there are gaps and problems, raising serious questions about the status of a work reassembled in this way.

Keywords: status; lost passion setting; St. Mark Passion; reusing vocal music; parody

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Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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