Monthly Archives: February 2012

For Whom the Flute Tolls: Bach at Noon, Tuesday, February 14th

Bach’s delicate gem of a cantata, No. 8, “Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben?” begins with almost-whimsical oboes ascending over pizzicato strings.  In the third bar, a lone flute begins to play a series of repeated sixteenth notes:  ti-ca-ti-ca-ti-ca-ti-ca-ti-ca-ti-ca-ti, and then, as the oboes continue their dialogue, the flute disappears back into the texture.  The… Continue Reading »