Bach and the dance of God

  • 324 Pages
  • 1.46 MB
  • English
Oxford University Press , New York
Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685
StatementWilfrid Mellers.
LC ClassificationsML410.B1 M33 1981
The Physical Object
Paginationviii, 324 p. :
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL3814348M
ISBN 100195202325
LC Control Number81122295

Anybody here have thoughts about Wilfrid Mellers' book Bach and the Dance of God. Interesting exploration of meaning and theology in Bach's music. (It's been about 10 years now since I read a library copy; about time to read it again!) He has also written books about Couperin, Beethoven, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, et al.

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Wilfrid Mellers is a composer, musician and author. Honorary Fel /5(5). ISBN: OCLC Number: Description: viii, pages: illustrations, music ; 24 cm: Contents: [Part] I: Prelude --God, "Europe", Bach and the high baroque --Voice and body: Bach's solo cello suites as an apotheosis of the dance --Harmony, counterpoint and the cross in the Well-tempered clavier --[Part] II: The second Adam --A study.

Bach and the dance of God. [Wilfrid Mellers] Johann Sebastian Bach; Johann Sebastian Bach: Document Type: Book: All Authors / Contributors: Wilfrid Mellers. Find more information about: ISBN: OCLC Number: # Johann Sebastian Bach\/span>\n \u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\n schema. Bach & God explores the religious character of Bach's vocal and instrumental music in seven interrelated essays.

Noted musicologist Michael Marissen offers wide-ranging interpretive insights from careful biblical and theological scrutiny of the librettos. Yet he also shows how Bach's pitches, rhythms, and tone colors can make contributions to a /5(8). Book Review: Michael Marissen's "Bach & God" William Hoffman wrote (July 9, ): Among the spate of new books on Bach studies this year is one with an intriguing title, “BACH& GOD,” in bold letters with a dark portrait background Bach and the dance of God book York: Oxford University Press, ).

The answer is yes, and through Bach & God’s seven essays, a multivalent and luminous image of J. Bach as a “musical-religious interpreter” appears (13). Marissen’s book is divided into four parts, and while the essays were individually published across three decades, Bach & God mostly feels like a cohesive whole.

In part 1, Marissen. Mr. Marissen, 55, is a musicologist and professor emeritus at Swarthmore College; Oxford University Press is issuing his “Bach & God,” a book. "'Bach & God' (Oxford) is the splendid title of a new book by Michael Marissen, a professor emeritus at Swarthmore College.

It brings to mind two approximately equal figures engaged in a complicated dialogue, like Jefferson and Adams, or Siskel and Ebert. The book is one of a number of recent attempts to grapple with Bach's religiosity."/5(9). This album contains the complete Partitas by Bach, presented by Piano Classics, a label of Brilliant Classics.

Online purchase or streaming. Introduction “Monophonic music wherein a man has created a dance of God.” That is how Wilfrid Mellers, in his book, Bach and the Dance of God, describes the Six Suites for Unaccompanied Violoncello by J.S. Bach.1 This pithy yet provocative preamble comprises several of the important threads one may consider when studying and performing this repertoire.

Bach & God explores the religious character of Bach's vocal and instrumental music in seven interrelated essays.

Noted musicologist Michael Marissen offers wide-ranging interpretive insights from careful biblical and theological scrutiny of the librettos. Yet he also shows how Bach's pitches, rhythms, and tone colors can make contributions to a work's plausible meanings that.

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Honorary Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge. This is his classic book on Bach. Due to COVID, orders may be delayed. Thank you for your patience. Book Annex Membership Educators Gift Cards Stores & Events Help Bach And The Dance Of God available in Hardcover.

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Add to Wishlist. ISBN ISBN Pub. Date: 01/06 Price: $ The Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book) BWV − is a set of 45 chorale preludes for organ — one of them is given in two versions — by Johann Sebastian but three were written between and when Bach served as organist to the ducal court in Weimar; the remainder and a short two-bar fragment came no earlier thanafter the composer’s.

Best Books on Bach I grew to become an adept of Bach last year and read several books that I loved. Perhaps they will be of interest to folks wanting to learn more about this iconic and fascinating composer at the core of baroque music and a key influence on the classical and romantic waves that followed.

Bach singles out passages describing music as a vessel of divinity: in one note, he observes that music was “especially ordered by God’s spirit through David,” and in another he writes. Bach the universal genius freely mixed compositional materials—dances as obbligatos to chorale tunes, dance rhythms organizing large concerto-like pieces for chorus and orchestra, dance music expressing texts of the most intimate sacred cantata arias, keyboard fugues which could be danced to, at least one cantata aria with two different dance.

For that reason Bach must remain a closed book to those for whom the category of divinity is meaningless, and hence deny that it is possible "to make divine things human and human things divine." Music — even Bach's music — cannot be "divine" unless God is a presence, unseen and perhaps unconscious, in our lives.

From Bach and the Dance of God it is clear that this composite study is not to be confined to musical works of an overtly sacred genre. The lingering medieval mind of Bach’s Lutheran heritage, Mellers believes, equated or all but equated the sacred and the secular spheres, so that the entire body of Bach’s music is, in the deepest sense.

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Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.5/5(1). The fruits of this lifetime’s immersion are distilled in this remarkable book, grounded in the most recent Bach scholarship but moving far beyond it, and explaining in wonderful detail the ideas on which Bach drew, how he worked, how his music is constructed, how it achieves its effects—and what it can tell us about Bach the man 5/5(5).

A brilliant, festive study of JS Bach uses literature and painting to illuminate his 'dance-impregnated' music ‘Forbidding stare’ detail of a. Johann Sebastian Bach, (born March 21 [Ma New Style],Eisenach, Thuringia, Ernestine Saxon Duchies [Germany]—died JLeipzig), composer of the Baroque era, the most celebrated member of a large family of north German gh he was admired by his contemporaries primarily as an outstanding harpsichordist, organist.

Johann Sebastian Bach & the Bible -"In devotional music, God is always present with His grace" Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenbach, Germany, cello suites, sonatas and partitas for solo violin, cantatas, and formal dance music.

Inan Augustinian Friar produced this Book in the common vernacular. Bach's setting of "O God, from Heaven Look Down." Top: I.

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The Bach cello suites are considered to be among the most profound of all classical music works. Wilfrid Mellers described them in as "Monophonic music wherein a man has created a dance of God." Due to the works' technical demands, étude-like nature, and difficulty Composed: between and ““ the book must be welcomed for its leading ideas, wide range of reference and helpful advice on performance.” —Continuo “Dance and the Music of J.S.

Bach is of such value that it must be read and consulted by anyone concerned with the scholarship or performance of Baroque music and dance.” —Dance Chronicle “ an indispensable guide to performance of. “In Bach, the vital cells of music are united as the world is in God.” - Gustav Mahler “Bach almost persuades me to be a Christian.” - Roger Fry “Everything is to be possible!” - Johann Sebastian Bach “Where there is devotional music, God is always at hand with his gracious presence.” - Johann Sebastian Bach.Indeed, the booklet is fronted with an irrelevant painting by an artist who was born 53 years after Bach died, while the notes draw heavily on Wilfrid Meller's book Bach and the Dance of God, without really giving us any particular reason as to why.

A newcomer to this music would not learn that these suites are considered among the most. It's true there are lots of reasons to be in awe of Bach. For one thing, there's his superhuman productivity. Glance at the Radio 3 schedule and you'll find around hours of .