Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Geistliche Gesänge Nach Christoph Christian Sturm

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Geistliche Gesänge Nach Christoph Christian Sturm

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BACH, CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL (1714-1788). GEISTLICHE GESÄNGE NACH CHRISTOPH CHRISTIAN STURM für hohe Singstimme & Clavier. Two volumes edited by Ludger Rémy. Edition Walhall, 2004. Collections dated 1789 and 1781, published in Hamburg.

Both volumes contain a scholarly article including much information on both Bach and Sturm. Sturm was a well regarded preacher in both Halle and Hamburg and began quite early in his career writing religious hymn texts as well as "general reflections which were very often focused on nature." A follower of the ideas of the Enlightenment, Sturm often turned to nature for spiritual insight. He is quoted in the introductory article as follows: "It was my intention to present (a hymn book) that one would be able to use for self-edification when contemplating on nature or perhaps also when spending some time in the country . . . Most of the (poets) have only seen nature's laughing face, not viewing it as a school of religious feelings. …

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