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...

3 Aug 2017


[Vocal Thursday]

Heinrich Schütz (1585 - 1672), like his contemporary Schein, was one of the most important German composers before Bach. Early in his career, he studied with Giovanni Gabrieli in Venice. He returned to Venice again to study with Monteverdi quite some y...

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...

24 Jul 2017

[Vocal Tuesday]

Johann Hermann Schein (1586 - 1630) was one of the most important early Baroque German composers. He was known for his use of Italian late Renaissance madrigalistic style. He wrote over 350 sacred works and near a hundred secular ones. Here is a motet 'D...

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...

7 Jul 2017

[Vocal Saturday]

Since its first performance in Berlin in 1755, Carl Heinrich Graun’s (1704 - 1759) “empfindsame” (sensible) Passion Cantata "Der Tod Jesu" had long been one of the most frequently performed works in this genre. For about 150 years this work, like Handel...

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...

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...

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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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