Item description for My Only Comfort: Death, Deliverance, and Discipleship in the Music of Bach (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies Series) by Calvin R. Stapert...
Overview Bach was the pre-eminent composer of the Reformation. In case you've forgotten his deep theological and scriptural roots, Stapert quotes the texts and translates them, then skillfully interprets and illustrates how the music conveys their meaning.
Publishers Description In the history of Western music, J. S. Bach is unsurpassed in mastery of technique and profundity of thought. He was also a devout Lutheran with a broad knowledge of Scripture and theology. Given Bach's combination of musical prowess, personal devotion, and theological depth, it is not surprising that his music stands unexcelled among artistic expressions of the Christian faith. With the passage of time, however, many of the essential keys to understanding Bach's music have been lost. My Only Comfort uniquely reconnects modern listeners with Bach's music, enabling them to listen to Bach with renewed understanding and appreciation. After an introduction to Bach, his theological knowledge, his musical language, and the various genres of sacred music in his output, Calvin Stapert leads readers through specific works by Bach that express, interpret, and vivify some of the principal doctrines of the Christian faith. For each work discussed, Stapert provides relevant quotations from the Heidelberg Catechism (a novel and provocative approach to the study of Bach), a literal translation of the text set beside the German original, and textual and musical commentary meant to contribute to a more perceptive and devotional listening to the work.
Citations And Professional Reviews My Only Comfort: Death, Deliverance, and Discipleship in the Music of Bach (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies Series) by Calvin R. Stapert has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 03/06/2000 page 105
Choice - 10/01/2000 page 342
Christian Century - 11/22/2000 page 1217
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.23" Width: 6.28" Height: 0.75" Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Release Date Apr 11, 2000
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Series Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies
ISBN 0802844723 ISBN13 9780802844729
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More About Calvin R. Stapert
Calvin R. Stapert is professor emeritus of music at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. His previous books include"My Only Comfort: Death, Deliverance, and Discipleship in the Music of Bach"; "Handel's" Messiah": Comfort for God's People"; and "A New Song for an Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church"
Calvin R. Stapert currently resides in Grand Rapids, in the state of Michigan.
Calvin R. Stapert has published or released items in the following series...
Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies