J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor Term Paper by Master Researcher

J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor
A discussion of Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B Minor as a major musical achievement of the Western World.
# 36439 | 1,400 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 08, 2003 in Music Studies (Classical and Baroque)

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This paper reveals that the Mass in B Minor is probably the most unique piece of music ever composed by Bach and one of the greatest works of our time. The paper goes on to discuss how Mass in B Minor not only sums up Bach's own eclectic style but also sums up the styles of previous periods and reflects the ultimate expression of Bach's faith. The paper concludes that Mass in B Minor is still one of the largest, most well-known and highly esteemed compositions for combined vocal and instrumental ensembles.

From the Paper:

"Bach drew much of the material for the Mass in B Minor from existing works, producing a veritable compendium of all the styles he had employed in the composition of arias and choruses throughout his career. There is almost the sense that he was scanning his career to compile some of his 'greatest hits'. The 'lack' of originality is more than adequately compensated by the skill with which he adapted the material to fit the new context. Furthermore, by abstracting movements from some of his finest vocal works, originally performed for specific occasions and Sundays within the Church's year, he was doubtlessly attempting to preserve the pieces within the more durable context of the Latin Ordinary. Although many of the movements lack existing models is may well be that they reflect lost cantatas - both sacred and secular."

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