This essay proposes a somatic archaeology of German Lutheran music making around 1700. Focusing on a single cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach, it sets out to reconstruct the capacities of early modern body-souls for musical reverberation, affective contagion, and spiritual transformation.
Heartfelt Musicking: The Physiology of a Bach Cantata
Bettina Varwig is Lecturer in Music and Fellow of Emmanuel College at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of Histories of Heinrich Schütz (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and is currently working on a book project entitled An Early Modern Musical Physiology.
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Bettina Varwig; Heartfelt Musicking: The Physiology of a Bach Cantata. Representations 1 August 2018; 143 (1): 36–62. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2018.143.1.36
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