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Bach Among the Theologians: Paperback – November 6, 2003
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This is a highly readable--though thoughtful and concentrated--book that deserves to be more broadly available. Perhaps some publisher will see fit to reissue it in paperback. I'd preorder a copy today if that was the case.
Not surprisingly, there is not an in-depth engagement with the music (he relies heavily on Spitta, Schweitzer, etc.), but Pelikan does offer some excellent textual analyses. He promotes a re-reading of Bach's career, demonstrating that a lack of sacred output in Cöthen did not necessarily define a "low point" for the composer.
While the book as a whole seems to lack cohesion in some places, it does function very well as a set of separate essays. Particularly cogent are the chapters on ""Mediation on Human Redemption" in the St. Matthew Passion" and "Pietism, Piety and Devotion in Bach's Cantatas." The book is an important contribution to interdisciplinary dialogue about the figureheads of Classical music and should be embraced in that spirit.
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The work is good, however a bit expensive for the number of pages, and with many typos.Published 16 days ago by simonefix
This book essentially brings out the identity of Bach as a committed historical creedal/confessional Lutheran, especially indebted to the theology of Martin Luther. Read morePublished 1 month ago by iamnotjosh
This scholarly little book focuses on the biblical texts that Bach set in his religious cantatas, passions, and B... Read more
Love turning the time clock back to the theology of Bach's day. Having grown up with so much Bach and Buxtehude this is a real treat to read. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jane Maule