This book explores the dramatic thrust of each of Bach's four major works for choir and orchestra: Christmas Oratorio, St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, and Mass in B Minor. It guides the reader, movement by movement, through each work with an integrated presentation of commentary and text translation that pays particular attention to the interaction of text and music, suggesting reasons for Bach's musical choices.
Melvin P. Unger is director of the School of Music at the State University of New York at Fredonia
Part 1 Preface Part 2 Introduction Chapter 3 1. Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) Chapter 4 2. St. John Passion (BWV 245) Chapter 5 3. St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) Chapter 6 4. Mass in B Minor (BWV 232) Part 7 Bibliography Part 8 Glossary Part 9 Index of Movements Part 10 About the Author