Oct 15, 2018  
Evening Division Fall 2017 
Evening Division Fall 2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EVDOL 077 — Two Sacred Bach Masterpieces: The B-Minor Mass and the Magnificat

Michael White
J.S. Bach spent the last 27 years of his life (1723–50) in the city of Leipzig. During that time he wrote the majority of his sacred music, including such works as the Matthew and John Passions, a five-year accumulation of cantatas, the Magnificat, and the B-Minor Mass. These last two works, both beautiful and powerful, are excellent examples of Bach’s statement “I write for the glory of God.” And both works contain perfect examples of his finest sacred music: dramatic fugal counterpoint, lyrical arias and duets, moments of terror and God’s wrath; moments of tenderness and God’s forgiveness. In this course, we study and compare these two great works and ask such questions as: How could Bach continue to produce these religious masterpieces while working with second-class singers and instrumentalists? Did the good citizens and burgomasters of Leipzig ever appreciate the genius of their cantor? The ability to read music and follow scores is highly recommended.​

5 weeks
Wednesday 6 – 7:30 pm
September 27 – October 25


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