“Without music life would be a mistake.”

~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche





J.S. Bach – Cantata 180

October 10, 2013 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) worked as a church musician most of his life and was the most prolific composer of the cantata form.  A cantata is a multi-movement vocal composition with instrumental accompaniment, often with a mixture of choral movements and arias.  Bach wrote several cycles of cantatas to be performed every Sunday of the year and on Holidays. Although many of Bach’s cantatas have been lost, over 209 have survived and are being performed regularly again.

Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness, BWV180 was written for the 20th Sunday after Trinity and was first performed in Leipzig on October 22, 1724.  The cantata is scored for soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists, with a four-part choir and a small ensemble of two violins, viola, piccolo cello, recorders, transverse flute, oboe, oboe da caccia and continuo.  The text is based on a chorale by Johann Franck.

Dorian Baroque will be performing with the Choir of Epiphany Church, conducted by Larry Long, organist and choirmaster of the Church of the Epiphany.  The performance will take place during the church service, as was originally performed in Bach’s time.  Also on the program are two church Sonatas by W.A. Mozart, Sonata Nr. 8 in A major, KV 225 and Sonata Nr. 4 in D major, KV 144.

Charlotte Mundy, soprano
Kirsten Ott, alto
Mark Sanderlin, tenor
Alex Bonnin, bass

Christopher Matthews, Emi Ferguson – flutes
Kathy Halvorson – oboe
Aaron Reichelt – English horn
Marina Fragoulis, Nell Flanders – baroque violins
Edmundo Ramirez – baroque viola
Paul Dwyer – piccolo cello

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