|Printed:||1995||Author:||Daniel R. Melamed|
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press||ISBN:||052141864X|
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.