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Faculty Mentor

John E. Brawand

Abstract

The cantatas of J.S. Bach are masterful choral works, well representing the choral achievements of the great baroque cantor and master of counterpoint. A collection of cantata movements, the monumental Bach Mass in B Minor, a late work, may be viewed as a string of cantatas. In an age when borrowing was the expected practice. Bach produced many cantatas using previously composed material. Well over two hundred cantatas by Bach are known to exist today. Among these, the Cantata 140 ("Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stirmne"), BWV 140, is an example of Bach's choral achievement of uniting text to music.

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