"The most important and lasting item to have emerged from this Passion season...may turn out to be a little book of great complexity by Michael Marissen....[It] provides a model of how to deal with a piece of music grown controversial: not through avoidance, not through bowdlerization, but by supplying the richest and most provocative context in which to understand and interpret the work."--James R. Oestriech, The New York Times
"An excellent interpretive essay....Marissen provides valuable historical and theological context for both the text and the music."--Choice
"A remarkable book and unusually even-handed treatment of a difficult topic."--E. Ann Matter, University of Pennsylvania
About the Author
is Associate Professor of Music at Swarthmore College. His publications include The Social and Religious Designs of J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos
(1995) and An Introduction to Bach Studies
, with Daniel Melamed (Oxford 1998).