A thorough and invaluable reference for students of music, church groups, listeners and performers, this work translates the libretti, or text, of each of 253 sacred and secular cantatas by Bach into current, readable English and provides interpretative commentary on each movement. The cantatas are listed chronologically according to the town or city where Bach composed them. The sacred cantatas are discussed first, followed by secular ones. The Easter, Ascension, and Christmas oratorios are covered iin great detail. The text includes biographical information whenever relevant. An appendix lists the three cantata types (free-that is, based directly on the Bible and treated by Bach as he wished for choir and soloists; solo; and chorale) by their BWV (Bachwerke Verzeichnis) numbers. The general index also includes names of librettists and places involved in the writing or performing of the cantatas.
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Young has admirably translated the Bach cantatas into current, readable English. However, the subtitle of his book would read more accurately A Descriptive Guide since analyses that might disclose any illuminating thoughts on the union of text and music are minimal--the focus is primarily textual interpretation. Although the usefulness of the work is limited, those who have braved the verbiage of W.G. Whittaker's The Cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach, Sacred and Secular (1959) for general information will find Young's effort refreshing. Recommended for general readers.
- William J. Waters, Pensacola Jr. Coll., Fla.
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"concise and uncomplicated.... Recommended" -- Choice
"has admirably translated the Bach cantatas into current, readable English.... Recommended" -- Library Journal
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Descripción Mcfarland & Co Inc Pub, 1989. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110899503942