Posts Tagged ‘ Bach – Motets ’

Bach St John Passion Johannes-Passion BWV 245 John Eliot Gardiner – YouTube

0
April 21, 2014

J. S. Bach (1685–1750): O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht BWV 118

2
March 21, 2014

Bach decal 175x175 Caption Colour I wrote about this motet back on September 30th 2012 as the introductory posting to my series Johann Sebas­tian Bach: The Motets. It's one that I love so much that I can't resist posting it again in part because it's all too often ignored in discussions about Bach's sacred music. It's always puzzled me that a piece of music as lovely as this is so often overlooked. Bach wrote it most likely in 1736 for the funeral procession of for the funeral of Christian Weiss the pastor of St. Thomas, and rescored it ten years later in a somewhat more restrained version for indoor use. Its melody comes from a hymnal printed in Leipzig in 1625 and Bach isn't the only composer to recognise its merits – Mendelssohn also used it in his oratorio St Paul.

markfromireland

Click here to listen to the music and read the rest of the posting ...

2013 04 05 02 Lobet den Herrn – Tölzer Knabenchor – YouTube

2
August 31, 2013

Lobet dem Herrn, alle Heiden, (BWV 230), is one of only two motets by Bach in which the entirety of its text comes from the Bible – in this case two verses from Psalm 117 and the only one of them set set for four voice parts and an independent continuo line. It demands considerable musical skill not to say virtuosity from those who sing it. Happily the boys of the Tölzer Knabenchor conducted by Gerhard Scmidt-Gaden who perform it in the video below have both the skill and the virtuosity to not only sing it but to sing it well. Enjoy :-).

markfromireland

Click here to listen to the music and read the rest of the posting ...

Forthcoming Series Bach’s Church Year

0
May 1, 2013

Thus it was not without reason that the fathers and prophets wanted nothing else to be associated as closely with the Word of God as music. Therefore, we have so many hymns and Psalms where message and music join to move the listener’s soul, while in other living beings and [sounding] bodies music remains a […]


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) – The Motets: Lobet den Herrn

0
November 11, 2012

bach signature My final posting in this series dealing with Bach's motets deals with "Lobet den Herrn" (BWV 230). It's distinguished from the other motets by the fact that it's one of the two motets by Bach in which the entire text comes from the Bible, specifically the first two verses of Psalm 117 and is the only motet he set for four voice parts 1 Not much is known about it. There's considerable doubt both about when it was written and the occasion for which it was written, although given the nature of the text I think it's fair to say that it's very unlikely it was written for a funeral. The facts that the earliest source for it is a Breitkopf & Härtel edition dating from 1821 and that its nature is highly virtuosic nature have led some musicologists to doubt its authenticity. I find neither of these notions persuasive early Breitkopf & Härtel editions aren't particularly unreliable and Bach was eminently capable of bending and breaking the rules whenever he felt it was warranted.

Click here to listen to the music and read the rest of the posting ...

Archives

Special Pages