February 28, 2017

Pic & Cantata of the Week (Quinquagesima)

(Click on picture to see larger image) • • • EPIPHANY VIII (Quinquagesima) Bach Cantata BWV 22: “Jesus took unto him the twelve” Quinquagesima is the name for the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. The name originates from Latin quinquagesimus (fiftieth), referring to the 50 days before Easter Day. Bach wrote four cantatas for this Sunday, BWV […]

Pic & Cantata of the Week (Sexagesima)

(Click on picture to see larger image) • • • EPIPHANY VII (Sexagesima Sunday) Bach Cantata BWV 18, “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven” Sexagesima Sunday) is the name for the second Sunday before Ash Wednesday in the Gregorian Rite liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church, and also in that of some Protestant […]

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 […]

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 […]

Epiphany I: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture to see larger image) • • • EPIPHANY I Bach Cantata BWV 154, “My Dearest Jesus Is Lost” In Bach’s day, the Gospel reading for the first Sunday in Epiphany was Luke’s story of the boy Jesus in the Temple. The Epistle was from Romans 12, which admonishes believers to present our […]

Christmas II: Pic and Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture to see larger image) • • • CHRISTMAS II Bach Cantata 28, “Praise God! Now the Year Comes to an End” Gottlob! nun geht das Jahr zu Ende, Das neue rücket schon heran. Gedenke, meine Seele, dran, Wieviel dir deines Gottes Hände Im alten Jahre Guts getan! Stimm ihm ein frohes Danklied an; […]

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), […]