Monthly Archives: January 2017

Bach at Noon Wrap-Up

In my preview of this afternoon’s Bach at Noon, I mentioned being glad that we could experience some Christmas music that is short on the bombast that can sometimes overwhelm the season’s offerings (don’t get me wrong, I love it when there’s the opportunity to sing lustily).  Just as there are many textures and emotions… Continue Reading »

Bach at Noon, January 10th: The Shimmering Morgenstern

The first Bach choral prelude I learned was the stately Herr Christ, der ein’ge Gottes Sohn, BWV 601, from the Orgelbüchlein.  Bach treats the cantus firmus quite lyrically, over gentle sixteenth note arpeggiations, with a recurring motive in the pedal, which the editor of the edition I played from the time, Albert Riemenschneider, referred to as the “joy motive.”… Continue Reading »