20 Aug 2017

[Cantata Sunday]

Cantata No. 46 'Schauet doch und sehet, ob irgendein Schmerz sei' (Behold and see, if there be any sorrow) was composed by Bach in 1723, his first year in Leipzig. The work is unusually richly-scored for a slide trumpet, two recorders, two oboes da cacc...

6 Aug 2017


[Cantata Sunday]
As mentioned last week, I am breaking the rule for a couple Sundays - these cantatas are being shared with you, not because of its relevance to the liturgical calendar, but because Die Konzertisten and Cammer Musicus, our local baroque orchestra, are...

30 Jul 2017

[Cantata Sunday]

I am breaking the rule for a couple Sundays - these cantatas are being shared with you, not because of its relevance to the liturgical calendar, but because Die Konzertisten and Cammer Musicus, our local baroque orchestra, are performing them! On 8 and...

23 Jul 2017

[Cantata Sunday]

Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170 (Contested rest! beloved pleasure of the soul!) is one of Bach's best-loved solo cantatas. The work was written in 1726 for an alto solo. It takes the form and structure of the secular Italian solo cantata com...

15 Jul 2017


[Cantata Sunday]

Instead of posting something written for the fifth Sunday after Trinity, I am posting this - 'Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten!', BWV 214, which is one of Bach's 'Birthday Cantatas', because HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUM :D

Fun fact: if this sounds familia...

8 Jul 2017

[Cantata Sunday]

Bach wrote Wo gehest du hin? (Where are you going?), BWV 166 in this first year in Leipzig. The cantata quotes the Gospel reading 'But now I go to Him who sent me, and none of you asks me, "Where are you going?"' The aria here has an unmistakable dance...

6 Jul 2017

[Vocal Thursday]

Johann Christoph Bach (1642 - 1703), uncle of J.S. Bach, is considered the most important member of the Bach family in the generations before his nephew. Ach dass ich Wassers genug hatte is a solo cantata / lament written for alto soloist, violin, three...

2 Jul 2017

/Music of the 17th and 18th centuries/

[Cantata Sunday]

'Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder' (Ah Lord, poor sinner that I am), BWV 135 is written for the third Sunday after Trinity in 1724. The most important theme is from the end of the Gospel reading: 'Thus I say to you that...

27 Jun 2017

/Music of the 17th and 18th centuries/

[Vocal Tuesday]

A solo cantata by Dieterich Buxtehude (1637 - 1707), scored for soprano, two violins, violone, and continuo. The young JS Bach had much admiration for Buxtehude's works, and walked from Arnstadt to Lübeck, a distance...

25 Jun 2017

/Music of the 17th and 18th centuries/
[Cantata Sunday]

Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein (Ah God, look down from heaven) BWV 2 is written for the 2nd Sunday after Trinity in 1724.
'This chorale cantata is based on Martin Luther's adaptation of Psalm 12, which laments th...

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This blog is a platform for me to share music of the 17th and 18th centuries on a daily basis. I do this out of my love for music from the period, and my passion for historically informed performances (HIP). 

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