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Johann Sebastian Bach: Texts of the Complete Vocal Works

Mozart opined of opera that the words must serve the music, and of course, the same dictum applies to the songs, cantatas, hymns, masses, oratorios, and other vocal works of J.S. Bach. That said, this site will be of considerable use to both scholars and aficionados as it offers reliable translations of the complete corpus of Bach's vocal compositions, introductory histories of the works in performance, and scholarly commentary on the individual pieces. Unlike the originals, the translations are unrhymed, but mimic the word divisions of the original so they may also be used by performers. The site is authored by Z. Philip Ambrose from the Department of Classics at The University of Vermont.
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Date of Scout Publication 2000-04-04
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/Reports/SocSci/.cs/2000

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