Fine Arts

Theology and Liberty in Bach’s B Minor Mass


This conference examined Bach's B Minor Mass and its relationship to perennial themes of liberty and responsibility through discussion of selected readings and through a performance of the Mass.


Conference Readings

Anselm, Saint of Canterbury. Anselm of Canterbury Volume One: Monologion, Proslogion, Debate with Gaunilo and a Meditation on Human Redemption. Edited by Jasper Hopkins and Herbert Richardson. Translated by Jasper Hopkins and Herbert Richardson. Toronto and New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1974.

Butt, John. Bach: Mass in B Minor. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Gardiner, John Eliot. Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.

Luther, Martin. Luther's Works Volume 42: Devotional Writings I. Edited by Martin O. Dietrich and Helmut T. Lehmann. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1969.

Luther, Martin. A Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians. London: James Clarke & Co. Ltd., 1956.

Luther, Martin. First Principles of The Reformation, or, the Ninety-five Theses and the Three Primary Works of Dr. Martin Luther. Edited by Henry Wace and C. A. Buchheim. London: John Murray, 1883.

Pelikan, Jaroslav. Bach Among the Theologians. Eugene: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 1986.

Rilling, Helmuth. Johann Sebastian Bach’s B-Minor Mass. Translated by Gordon Paine. Princeton: Prestige Publications, Inc, 1984.

Schweitzer, Albert. J. S. Bach. Translated by Ernest Newman. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1966.

Stapert, Calvin R. My Only Comfort: Death, Deliverance, and Discipleship in the Music of Bach. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2000.

Wolff, Christoph. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2000.

Wolff, Christoph. Bach: Essays on his Life and Music. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1991.