Lutheran Theology in the Cantatas of J. S. Bach
This colloquium focused on the Lutheran theology and the music of the cantatas of J. S. Bach. The choral cantata as a musical form developed during this period, and gradually replaced the motet traditionally sung after the Gospel reading in the liturgy. The cantata (as conceived by Bach) thus filled the role of sermon on the Gospel of the Day—and was thus duty-bound both to conform to Lutheran theology and to explicate the Gospel of the particular festival day or the “ordinary” of the Lutheran mass.
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