In the history of Western music, J. S. Bach is unsurpassed in mastery of technique and profundity of thought. He was also a devout Lutheran with a broad knowledge of Scripture and theology. Given Bach's combination of musical prowess, personal devotion, and theological depth, it is not surprising that his music stands unexcelled among artistic expressions of the ChristianIn the history of Western music, J. S. Bach is unsurpassed in mastery of technique and profundity of thought. He was also a devout Lutheran with a broad knowledge of Scripture and theology. Given Bach's combination of musical prowess, personal devotion, and theological depth, it is not surprising that his music stands unexcelled among artistic expressions of the Christian faith. With the passage of time, however, many of the essential keys to understanding Bach's music have been lost. My Only Comfort uniquely reconnects modern listeners with Bach's music, enabling them to listen to Bach with renewed understanding and appreciation.After an introduction to Bach, his theological knowledge, his musical language, and the various genres of sacred music in his output, Calvin Stapert leads readers through specific works by Bach that express, interpret, and vivify some of the principal doctrines of the Christian faith. For each work discussed, Stapert provides relevant quotations from the Heidelberg Catechism (a novel and provocative approach to the study of Bach), a literal translation of the text set beside the German original, and textual and musical commentary meant to contribute to a more perceptive and devotional listening to the work....
|Title||:||My Only Comfort: Death, Deliverance, and Discipline in the Music of Bach|
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My Only Comfort: Death, Deliverance, and Discipline in the Music of Bach Reviews
When I ordered My Only Comfort on 1.1.16 I had no idea that my sister would die two weeks later. All I knew was that this book tickled two of my favorite itches: the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and the Heidelberg Catechism. Margo's death and my grief are inextricably knit into my response. She loved Bach; listened nightly to a 'Bach's Variations' CD as she fell asleep. There was no way I could simply read this book. I was compelled to listen multiple times to Bach's chorales, cantatas, and arias while Stapert explained the structure and form, exposed the chiasms, and guided me through the piece. It was a task that required full concentration. I discovered a whole realm of YouTube videos that opened up a *kingdom* of sublime, profoundly sad, and intensely joyful music to me. My current favorite aria is from St. Matthew's Passion. You can hear it here: https://youtu.be/kqts5cfA5gU The translation for Enbarme dich — Have mercy, my God, for the sake of my tears! See here, before you heart and eyes weep bitterly. Have mercy, my God.Reading, studying through this book was one of the most profound and comforting experiences of my life. Bach's glorious music pierced me, the beauty often leveling me to sobs. But it also refreshed my spirit. Hence, I have resolved two things: 1. To read the other four books Calvin Stapert has written. (Haydn, Bach bio, The Messiah and Early Church Music await me.)2. To systematically listen through Bach's canon. I'm not sure how I will sort this, but there are too many wonderful pieces I have never heard. Simply working through the cantatas might be a starting point. I don't care about BMW's; it's BMV (Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis — a number assigned to each known composition of Bach's) for me!I could easily begin again at the beginning for a second harvest. I probably won't right away, but the book will remain on my shelves (the highest compliment I can give these days).
I'm pretty sure this is brilliant.