The Bach Festival: On the Pillars of Genius

The Bach Festival: On the Pillars of Genius

The Raleigh Bach Soloists and N.C. Baroque Orchestra
David Jernigan, Director
Tickets: $25 - Purchase tickets here.

The music of Johann Sebastian Bach represents the culmination of the Baroque Period. His comprehensive knowledge of styles and nationalities of music have allowed his compositions to transcend language, geographical borders, and time. “On the Pillars of Genius” is a two-part concert in which we’ll hear music from some of the composers that Bach studied, performed, and loved.

During his tenure as Kantor at the Thomaskircher – where he wrote his five cantata cycles as well as all of his major vocal works – he purchased two volumes of Renaissance motets known as the Florilegium Portense. In the first half of our concert we’ll hear music from several composers in this collection: Jacob Handl, G. Gabrieli, H. Praetorious, and M. Vulpius. We’ll also hear works by composers not included in the Florilegium Portense but that Bach would have know: Heinrich Schütz, Johann Kuhnau, and Dietrich Buxtehude.

In the second-half of the concert we’ll hear from the master himself in his large scale Cantata 147, from which comes the choral setting of “Jesu, joy of man’s desiring.” In between the two halves we’ll have a short reception to celebrate the opening of the 2017-2018 season.

Pater Noster (Our Father), Jacob Handl
Alla Rustica, Antonio Vivaldi
Jubilate deo à 8, Giovanni Gabrieli
Cantate domino à 8, Hieronymus Praetorius
Super flumina Babylonis, Melchior Vulpius
Nun danket alle Gott (Now thank we all our God), SWV 418, Heinrich Schütz
Tristis est anima mea (My soul is sorrowful), Johann Kuhnau
Magnificat (My soul doth magnify the Lord), Dietrich Buxtehude

Opening Reception
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (Heart and lips, thy whole behavior), BWV 147, J.S. Bach