By Paul Henry Lang
Simply because I spent my adolescence in Leipzig, a urban which resounds with echoes of Bach and the complete musical international, i've got constantly had the assumption of 1 day getting ready a pictorial historical past of song. This current booklet is the outcome; it combines components of my specialist lifestyles as a photo historian and my inner most lifestyles as a cheerful lover of music.
A pictorial historical past of track can by no means be only an image album, even if, for no quantity of illustrative fabric can on its own create a significant landscape of song. There has to be, as well as photos, an intrinsic plan, a unified standpoint which the reader can take hold of and use to accomplish comprehension
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44 The the inner struggle of the individual. This variety of his cantatas although certain types among them. There in tic is great, be discerned are religious pastorals, oratorio-like dramatic sodes, can scenes, Biblical epi- and transfigurations which are steeped pious contemplation and filled with mys- symbolism. All the stock devices of the Baroque era parade before us in Bach's cantatas: the introductory sonata or sinfonia, the da capo aria, the operatic arioso and recitative, the the With the end French overture (occasionally transformed into choruses), the concerto, the scintillat- and thankful guilty longing for soul, redemption.
The chorale preludes range in size from illuminated miniatures of a dozen measures of chorale fantasies to large murals and fugues. Bach car- ried these poetic compositions to a spiritual and artistic depth which could not be fath- Bach's most personal domain was organ sic. manner of playing the chorales: "We charge him with having hitherto been in the habit of making surprising variationes in the chorales, and gan the "queen sistory of Arnstadt for his mu- His proud preludes and fugues, with omed by his contemporaries.
Matthew Passion we ing trumpet fanfares, the multiple choirs of setting of the Biblical drama. Bach's the early Baroque. carried the genre to unlike his colleagues and prede- Still, Bach could never cessors, from free himself and its The passable height. flourish, oratorio continued to succeeding the produced many masterpieces somewhat anachronistic situation, for by the time that the master was finally resolving a relationship between old and new, between the chorale and the opera, the chorale had but the already ceased to be a living force.