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Celebrate, rejoice, rise up! : Johann Sebastian Bach’s glorious Christmas Oratorio

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10.30

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Easterbrook Hall
 


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Celebrate, rejoice, rise up! : Johann Sebastian Bach’s glorious Christmas    Oratorio

Talk given by Sandy Burnett  

Sandy Burnett’s close relationship with Bach’s music stretches back for decades; between 1997 and 2010 he directed a complete cycle of Bach’s sacred cantatas in West London. In this illustrated talk he explores how Bach brings the Christmas story alive in his Weihnachtsoratorium or Christmas Oratorio, written for Lutheran congregations in 1730s Leipzig. Starting with an overview of Bach’s life and achievement, Sandy moves on to an examination of this magnificent work which draws on various forms ranging from recitative, arioso, aria, chorale, and instrumental sinfonia through to full-blown choruses. In short, it harnesses the power of music and deploys it in the service of God.

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