J.S. Bach and the German Motet
Last updated: 17.12.19
Printed: 1995 Author: Daniel R. Melamed
Publisher: Cambridge University Press ISBN: 052141864X
Suppliers: flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif    

Hardcover - 229 pages (August 1995), usually ships within 2-3 days.

Amazon Review
The motets of J. S. Bach are probably the most sophisticated works ever composed in the genre. Nevertheless, Daniel Melamed maintains, the view that they constitute a body of work quite separate from the German motet tradition is mistaken. He finds that these works are indeed rooted in the conventions of the time, particularly in matters of musical construction, performing forces and type of text and that an appreciation of the contemporary conception of the motet sheds light on how and why Bach chose to use the form.