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The Social and Religious Designs of J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos Paperback – 1 Jul 1999


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"The field of Bach studies has been greatly enriched by the appearance of [this book].... [It] is full of significant insights into the nature of the [Brandenburg Concertos].... [It] offers a fascinatingly fresh approach to these masterworks."--F. Ellsworth Peterson, Notes

"For anyone who is interested in exploring the remarkably rewarding challenge Bach lays down for the human family, this is a careful, helpful, plausible, and perceptive analysis."--Paul Westermeyer, Church History

"Full of important and closely argued discussions of individual aspects of chronology, source criticism, musical structure, and [Bach's] biographical background.... [Marissen] is very informative on analytical and historical points, effectively demolishing many received beliefs, especially regarding chronology and source filiation."--Michael Talbot, Music and Letters

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"Michael Marissen's new and largely persuasive conceptions do much to increase our awareness of Bach's historical environment and his tendency to reformulate the conventions of his day. . . . The basic points of his book will appeal to a wide range of readers concerned with eighteenth-century studies."--John Butt, University of California, Berkeley

"A superb study that accomplishes more than many much longer books. While the Brandenburg concertos have often been examined by musicologists, they have not really been taken seriously as cultural texts. Marissen makes it very clear that this kind of interpretive work is crucial if we are to understand music's historical and cultural significance."--Susan McClary, University of California, Los Angeles


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THE unquestionably vital role that "Vivaldi fever" played in the dramatic change around 1713 in J.S. Bach's compositional style is referred to regularly in recent general studies of Bach's life and works. Read the first page
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A Well Written Essay 10 Oct. 2010
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Marissen present a well written essay concerning the social and religious designs of the Brandenburg concertos. The author takes a counterintuitive position on the many of the accepted thoughts and ideas as related to one of Bach's greatest works. Also, the author cites many other works to prove his point and leaves the reader with, I think, a much better understanding than most written works about the Brandenburg concertos. I believe he leaves a few things unanswered but overall a well designed essay, a fantastic read.
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