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Bach & God

Michael Marissen


This book explores the religious character of the vocal and instrumental music of Johann Sebastian Bach, offering many and various interpretive insights that were gained from careful scrutiny of his librettos in light of the Luther Bible and other writings of Martin Luther. Yet the book also shows how Bach’s music can make contributions to a work’s plausible meanings that go beyond setting texts in an aesthetically satisfying manner. In some of Bach’s vocal repertory, the music puts a “spin” on the words in a way that turns out to be explainable as related to specific tenets of orthodox Luther ... More

Keywords: anti-Judaism, anti-Semitism, Johann Sebastian Bach, Luther Bible, Lutheranism, Martin Luther

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190606954
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190606954.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Marissen, author
Professor of Music, Emeritus, Swarthmore College