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preface V ersions of the first four essays in this collection were presented at the American Bach Society’s conference “Bach and the Oratorio Tradition” held in Bethlehem , Pennsylvania, in May 2008, a meeting that emphasized the place of Bach’s oratorios in their repertorial context. The expanded group approaches Bach’s oratorios from a variety of perspectives: in relation to models, antecedents, and contemporary trends; from the point of view of the construction of musical and textual types; and from analytical vantage points as different as instrumental music and theology. I want to thank the authors for their contributions to the volume; the anonymous readers for advice and suggestions; and Kerry O’Brien and Karen Anton for their excellent editorial assistance. Daniel R. Melamed Bloomington, Indiana ...


Subject Headings

  • Bach, Johann Sebastian, -- 1685-1750 -- Criticism and interpretation.
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750. Weihnachts-Oratorium.
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750. Johannespassion.
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750. Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen.
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750. Oratorios.
  • Oratorios -- Analysis, appreciation.
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