Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. First Edition. Hardcover. 2nd impression (printing), octavo size, 620 pp. fine / fine. Item #CNJL2419
From Oxford University Press, "Written by an internationally renowned Bach scholar; Explores Bach's interaction of the special character of John's gospel; First work to look at the St. John Passion and the Cantatas for spring 1725 as they would have been originally heard; Expands on the author's well-known concept of tonal allegory."
From the dust jacket flap, "…a fertile examination of this group of fourteen surviving liturgical works. Renowned Bach scholar Eric Chafe begins his investigation into Bach’s theology with the composer's 'St. John Passion', concentrating on its first and last versions…. Beyond providing a uniquely detailed assessment…Chafe thereby uncovers a range of theological implications underlying Bach’s creative approach itself… an enlightening exploration of the theological and liturgical contexts within which this music was first heard."
___DESCRIPTION: Navy paper over boards, gilt lettering stamped on spine, replete with illustrations and photo reproductions of musical scores; octavo size (9 3/8" x6 1/4"), pagination [i-xi] xii [1-3] 4-608. Dust jacket is unclipped and unpriced, illustration on front cover, summary of book on front flap, author bio on rear flap, illustration and review blurbs on back cover.
___CONDITION: A fine copy, the binding is clean and without blemish, corners are straight without any rubbing, a strong and square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean, bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings. Dust jacket is unclipped and unpriced, with bright colour without any signs of any tears, chips or sunning; minor hints of edge wear to head and foot of jacket, else fine.
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