Christoph Wolff: J. S. Bach: b-minor mass

Bach created his B-minor Mass in an exciting process of revision and fresh composition that lasted from two to three decades and only came to an end in the final years of his life.

In this introduction Christoph Wolff shows, for example, how deftly Bach recast movements from his own cantatas for the longer-lasting genre of the Mass to ensure their continued performance. He also explains the role of Latin church music in the Lutheran service, discusses the initial performance plans and outlines the reception history of a work that ultimately became Bach's musical testament.

Author: Wolff, Christoph
first published 2009
ISBN: 978-3-7618-1578-6
Pages: 146
with music examples

The translation rights are not available anymore for GB, USA and Japan

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