Presented by: Christ Church on Capitol Square, Raleigh, NC

Date: Fri Oct 13, 2017

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The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach represents the culmination of the Baroque Period. His comprehensive knowledge of styles and nationalities of music leading up to his time have allowed his music to transcend language, geographical borders, and time. “On the Pillars of Genius” is a two-part concert in which we’ll hear music from some of the composers that Bach studied, performed and loved.

During is tenure as Kantor at the Thomaskircher – his longest held position during which he wrote his five cantata cycles as well as all of his major vocal works – he purchased two volumes of Renaissance motets called the Florilegium Portense. In the first half of our concert we’ll hear music from several composers in this collection, Jacob Handl, G. Gabrieli, H. Preatorious, and M. Vulpius. We’ll also works by Heinrich Schutz, Johann Kunau, and Dietrich Buxtehude.

In the second-half of the concert we’ll hear from the master himself in two of his most famous works, the expanded motet Jesu, mein freude, BWV 227 and Cantata 147, from which comes the choral “Jesu, joy of man’s desiring.” In between the two-halves we’ll have a short reception to celebrate the opening of the 2017-2018 season.


Pater Noster (Our Father), Jacob Handl
Alla Rustica, Antonio Vivaldi
Jubilate deo á 8, Giovani Gabrieli
Cantate domino á 8, Hiernoymus Praetorius
Super flumina Babylonis, Melchior Vulpius
Nun danket alle Gott (Now thak we all our God), SWV 418, Heinrich Schutz
Tristis anima mea (My sorrowful), Johann Kunau
Magnificat (My soul doth magnify the Lord), Dietrich Buxtehude

Opening Reception

Jesu, mein freude (Jesus, my friend) BWV 227, J.S. Bach
Herz und Mund un Tat und Leben (Heart and lips, thy whole behavior) BWV 147, J.S. Bach

Cost: $25.00