MUS 500 The Bach Cantatas

Faculty: Dr. Martha H. Sobaje (Profile)


The Cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach, most of which were intended for worship in the German Lutheran Church, comprise a large segment of choral literature handed down to us from one of the greatest composers of all time. Following in the tradition of Martin Luther, Bach’s Cantatas are the best examples of Baroque Protestant Church Music in the vernacular rather than Latin. This course will examine the context, music, librettos, and relevance for both “then” and “now” of these musical works.

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