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By Michael Marissen

Bach's St. John Passion is unquestionably one of many monuments of Western tune, but performances of it are necessarily arguable. largely, the reason is, of the mix of the strong and hugely emotional tune and a textual content that incorporates passages from a gospel marked by way of vehement anti-Judaic sentiments. What did this masterpiece suggest in Bach's day and what does it suggest today?

Although bibliographies on Bach and Judaism have grown drastically seeing that international battle II, there was little or no paintings at the dating among the 2 parts. this is often not often superb; Judaica students and tradition critics targeting problems with anti-Semitism normally lack musical education and are, in any occasion, rather kind of attracted to much more urgent social and political matters. Bach students, nevertheless, have more often than not focused on narrowly outlined musical issues. unusually, for this reason, nearly no scholarly consciousness has been given to relationships among Lutheranism and the faith of Judaism as they have an effect on Bach's so much arguable paintings, the St. John Passion. via a reappraisal of Bach's paintings and its contexts, Marissen confronts Bach and Judaism without delay, offering interpretive statement which can function a foundation for a extra educated and delicate dialogue of this troubling paintings. along with a protracted interpretive essay, by means of an annotated literal translation of the libretto, a advisor to recorded examples, and an in depth bibliography, this concise textual content presents the reader with the instruments to evaluate the paintings by itself phrases and within the applicable context.

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