March 30, 2017

Pic & Cantata of the Week: Epiphany VI (Septuagesima)

(Click on picture to see larger image) • • • EPIPHANY VI (Septuagesima Sunday) Bach Cantata BWV 84, “I am content with my fortune” Septuagesima Sunday is an observance that was dropped from the calendar which was revised following Vatican II, but the name is still in use in the traditional calendars. Septuagesima is the name given to the […]

Sermon: Epiphany IV – It’s All About Blessing

SERMON: It’s All About Blessing When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:  ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be […]

Epiphany IV: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture to see larger image) • • • EPIPHANY IV Bach Cantata BWV 14, “If God were not with us at this time” BWV 14 is one of the latest extant Bach cantatas we have, dating from Jan. 30, 1735. The text’s constantly recurring theme is the need of God′s protection against our enemies. […]

Epiphany III: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture to see larger image) • • • EPIPHANY III Bach Cantata BWV 72, “Everything according to God’s Will” This is one of four Bach cantatas we have for the third Sunday after Epiphany. It emphasizes the believer’s effort to accept that God’s will is ultimately good, no matter how many dark passages […]

Epiphany II: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture to see larger image) • • • EPIPHANY II Bach Cantata BWV 155, “My God, how long? How long?” This cantata for the second Sunday in Epiphany, like Bach’s other works for this Sunday (BWV 3, 13), emphasizes spiritual distress and its resolution in Christ. The Gospel for the morning in Bach’s […]

Sermon: Epiphany I – The Season of Making Jesus Known

Sermon: Epiphany I The Season of Making Jesus Known Here is my servant, whom I uphold,     my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him;     he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice,     or make it heard in the street; a […]

Advent Pic and Cantata of the Week IV

ADVENT III Bach Cantata 132, “Prepare the Way! Prepare the Path!” • • • BWV 132 was first performed on December 22, 1715. The nature of this cantata is described in program notes at Emmanuel Music: The brilliant and extroverted aria that opens Bereite die Wege, Bereite die Bahn [Prepare the paths, prepare the road], belies the profound […]

Advent Pic & Post III

ADVENT III Two Bach cantatas are associated with the third Sunday in Advent. Both are “lost” cantatas. The first is BWV 186a, “Ärgre dich, o Seele, nicht” (Fret not, O soul), a later version of which is played on the 7th Sunday After Trinity. The second is BWV 141, “Das ist je gewißlich wahr” (This is now the gospel truth), […]

Advent Pic and Cantata of the Week II

ADVENT II Bach Cantata 70, “Watch! Pray!” BWV 70 is an expansion of a cantata Bach wrote seven years earlier in Weimar. The music for this earlier work has been almost entirely lost. It was one of a group of three cantatas (BWV 70a.186a,147a) that Bach produced in December 1716 based on texts by the Weimar court poet Salomo Franck. […]

Advent Pic and Cantata of the Week

ADVENT I Bach Cantata BWV 36, “Soar in your joy” ♕ Auch mit gedämpften, schwachen Stimmen Wird Gottes Majestät verehrt. Denn schallet nur der Geist darbei, So ist ihm solches ein Geschrei, Das er im Himmel selber hört. Even with subdued, weak voices Gods majesty is honoured. for if only the spirit resounds, there is such […]