Date of Award
Bachelor of Music Honours
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
Faculty of Education & Arts
This dissertation investigates changing tastes in the performance practice of Johann Sebastian Bach's sacred music from the second decade of the Twentieth Century to the present day. In particular I focus on the 'rhetorical style', and offer a comparative study of four recordings of Bach's Weihnachtsoratoritmt (Christmas Oratorio) BWV 248 by Harnoncourt (1973), Gardiner (1987), Jacobs (1997), and Suzuki (1998). Though all of these interpretations would be categorised as being in the 'rhetorical style', I attempt to show that within this classification there exists a multiplicity of performance approaches.
Nester, S. (2009). Modern Performance Trends In Bach's Sacred Music : Changing Tastes in the Performance of Bach's Weihnachtsoratorium : An Exploration of the Rhetorical Style.. Retrieved from http://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses_hons/1323