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 The theological roots and historical context of J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew passion, BWV 244.


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Type of Resource: text

Genre: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Date Created: Spring 2015

Date Issued: 2015

Publisher: Florida Atlantic University

Physical Form: Online Resource

Extent: 125 p.

Language(s): English

Summary: History shows that Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was a devout member ofthe Lutheran faith. Studying Bach’s life reveals that two sects of Lutheranism were themost influential to him, Orthodoxy and Pietism. A brief historical study of these twosects’ founders and their theology are presented in this document. All of Bach’scompositions are a reflection of his Christian beliefs but none is greater than his St.Matthew Passion. Although Bach is known to be a member of the Orthodoxdenomination, by observing the parallels between the beliefs of the two sects and the St. Matthew Passion, this document reveals Bach to take a more liberal view. This thesis intends to show that Bach’s St. Matthew Passion is a universal piece of Christian music that transcends religious denomination. Ultimately, Bach’s faith was centered on Jesus Christ and His message.

Identifier: FA00004380 (IID)

Note(s): Includes bibliography.Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2015.

Subject(s): Bach, Johann Sebastian -- 1685-1750 -- Matthäupassion -- History and criticismMusic -- Religious aspectsOratorios -- Vocal scores with pianoPassion music -- Criticism and interpretationPietism -- Germany

Held by: Florida Atlantic University Digital Library

Sublocation: Boca Raton, Fla.

Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fau/fd/FA00004380

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Owner Institution: FAU



Author: Hubbard, Tennison, author Keaton, Kenneth Dr., Thesis advisor Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Degree grantor

Source: http://fau.digital.flvc.org/islandora/object/fau%3A31298



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