By Michael Marissen
Bach's St. John ardour is definitely one of many monuments of Western track, but performances of it are unavoidably debatable. largely, the reason is, of the combo of the strong and hugely emotional track and a textual content that incorporates passages from a gospel marked through vehement anti-Judaic sentiments. What did this masterpiece suggest in Bach's day and what does it suggest today?Although bibliographies on Bach and Judaism have grown vastly when you consider that international struggle II, there was little or no paintings at the courting among the 2 components. this can be not often awesome; Judaica students and tradition critics concentrating on problems with anti-Semitism usually lack musical education and are, in any occasion, relatively kind of drawn to much more urgent social and political concerns. Bach students, nonetheless, have in most cases targeting narrowly outlined musical themes. unusually, hence, virtually no scholarly awareness has been given to relationships among Lutheranism and the faith of Judaism as they have an effect on Bach's so much debatable paintings, the St. John ardour. via a reappraisal of Bach's paintings and its contexts, Marissen confronts Bach and Judaism at once, delivering interpretive statement which could function a foundation for a extra knowledgeable and delicate dialogue of this troubling paintings. which includes an extended interpretive essay, through an annotated literal translation of the libretto, a consultant to recorded examples, and a close bibliography, this concise textual content offers the reader with the instruments to evaluate the paintings by itself phrases and within the acceptable context.