Bach Among the Theologians
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
Jaroslav Pelikan is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University. He is also the author of 'Whose Bible Is It? A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages' and 'Credo: Historical and Theological Guide to Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition'.
"This book clearly demonstrates Professor Pelikan's keen interest in music and his command of the subtleties of its theological implications. Bach Among the Theologians is worthy of being made required reading for any serious performer of that master's music."
--Richard Westenburg, Founder and Music
Director, Musica Sacra Head, Cathedral
Church of St. John the Divine
"Pelikan, a distinguished humanist who knows how to interrelate as well as integrate theological, historical, and musical viewpoints, now presents us with an exciting and authoritative discussion of Bach in the context of the theology of his time. No doubt, reading this book will help sharpen our ears to hear and understand better the decisive undertones of Bach's music."
--Christoph Wolff, Professor of Music,
"Jaroslav Pelikan, a commanding and perceptive historian of Christian institutions and thinking, reveals to us first of all Bach's own intellective, philosophical, and theological environment. Second, through an affectionate and wide-ranging familiarity with his works, he shows us the influence upon Bach's basic and pervasive Lutheran orthodoxy of the strong contemporary currents of a 'romanticizing' Pietism and a 'rationalizing' Enlightenment. He does this with fluency, good humor, and a winning absence of missionary zeal. To the performing musician and inadvertent 'Protestant' he presents information which is pertinent, provocative -- and scarcely otherwise obtainable."
--Robert Shaw, Music Director and Conductor,
Atlantic Symphony Orchestra