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Title:Aria Forms and Chorus Textures in Bach's Early Cantatas: The Influences of Neumeister, Telemann, and Rosenmueller
Author(s):Metzler, Patrizia
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Hill, John Walter
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract:Two features found in the early cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach, the non-da-capo aria form (Kirchenarie) and the concertato-style chorus texture, have been previously attributed respectively to Bach himself and the Neapolitan school. However both features are also found in older Italian Latin-texted sacred compositions. This dissertation outlines the chain of adaptations which is likely to have transmitted these features from Italian sacred music to the Lutheran cantata, as defined by Erdmann Neumeister. It demonstrates that Bach adopted these features from Georg Philipp Telemann, and that both features are present in Telemann's earliest cantata cycle, Geistliches Singen and Spielen. Telemann in turn adopted them from his model, Johann Rosenmuller, who had acquired his compositional techniques in Venice. The dissertation also examines Erdmann Neumeister's role. Neumeister's conception of the new Lutheran cantata consisted of recitatives and arias. Closer analysis of Neumeister's published lectures reveals that Neumeister allowed for a greater freedom and flexibility in the formal design of arias. Telemann and Bach were thus not limited to the operatic five-part da-capo when composing their arias.
Issue Date:2007
Description:194 p.
Thesis (D.M.A.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3269978
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2007

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