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Re: bach cantatas - looking for sublime works
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anyone aware of any of the smaller sinfonias, arias or chorales i could play for church performance that sound fantastic?
Piano or organ??

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either.. i can go back and forth.

incidentally, i'm working on 'Oh Sacred Head so Wounded' for organ. the feet are challenging but not too hard.


accompanist/organist.. a non-MTNA teacher to a few

love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)
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There are serious musical cum religious issues implied in this post.

Bach was in so many ways a religious composer—a composer for the church. And therefore largely a vocal composer. Yet many of us are much more aware of his keyboard and instrumental work than of his vocal work.

Much of modern society insists a distinction be made between the sacred and the secular, because of issues of church and state, and because of the uneasiness many of us feel, myself included, with any hint of proselytizing.

Oh, we hear the passions once in a while in a concert setting, but there are more than 250 cantatas, each probably somewhere from five, ten, fifteen, maybe even twenty minutes long? They are not only largely ignored in secular settings, but in religious settings too. I suspect it’s because the style of theology in Bach’s religious work is archaic, and not too many pastors can easily hook onto them for a sermon. But whatever the reason, that’s a lot of Bach to be ignored.

I don’t know how the modern musical world should deal with this, but I would like to hear much more of the vocal/sacred Bach—in religious settings or otherwise. We are missing too much.

Tomasino


"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do so with all thy might." Ecclesiastes 9:10

Re: bach cantatas - looking for sublime works
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Tomasino -

Bach's choral works have appeared in many films - a medium designed to reach large, worlwide audiences. For example, the closing chorus of The St Matthew Passion[/i] has appeared in such films as George Lucas's [i]THX 1138 and Martin Scorsese's Casino. The famous aria, Erbarme dich, mein Gott , opened and closed Andrei Tarkovsky's film The Sacrifice. Most recently, I was most pleasantly surprised to hear the opening chorus of Cantata 140 in The Life Aquatic.

I don't think most classical music lovers in the US care that much about the distinction between the "sacred" and the "secular" in music. Bach's choral works are all in German anyway and thus the "proselytizing" is further removed. They just enjoy the beautiful music.

The frequency with which one may hear Bach's choral works performed live, sacred and secular alike, may depend on where you live. I remember during the 8 years I lived in San Francisco, I got to attend plenty of Bach cantata concerts. The San Francisco-Bay Area has many local and visiting Baroque/Early Music ensembles, and most of these concerts took place in churches located in quiet neighborhoods amidst the Arts-&-Crafts-style homes in Berkeley.


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Wow, for those interested, I just found a music video of Leon Fleisher performing the Egon Petri transcription of Sheep May Safefly Graze, which I mentioned earlier in this thread.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xgyz0XqDEEA

Leon Fleisher is a pianist I really hope someday to meet. I thought of him recently this past weekend when I attended an incredible recital a piano student gave in partial fulfillment of her MM degree in Piano. She performed the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5. It was superhuman playing, and the highest compliment I could give is that this student's performance gave me that same incredible feeling of elation I get every time I listen to Fleisher's famous recording he made with the Cleveland Orcherstra with George Szell conducting.


She was with me even in my grave
When the last of my friends turned away,
And she sang like the first storm heaven gave.
Or as if flowers were having their say.

- Anna Akhmatova, "Music"(Dedicated to Dmitri Shostakovich)
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Here’s the first page of Myra Hess’s arrangement of the Chorale from Bach’s Cantata No. 147 ... "Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring".

cantata147myrahess

Might just bring back memories.

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