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JS Bach's cantata, O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 60

Sunday November 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm
St Mary-at-Hill Church, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Cantata 'O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort' BWV 60 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht BWV 118 - Johann Sebastian Bach

O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort is a highly characterful cantata with the figures of Hope, Fear and the redemptive figure of Christ popping up towards the end to intone the text from Revelation, 'Blessed are the dead who have died in the Lord'.

BWV 60 is a cantata freighted with importance in more ways than one. The closing chorale - the unusual, whole-tone melody Es ist genug - has assumed greater import through its quotation by Alban Berg in that composer's violin concerto of 1935. The concerto, dedicated 'To the memory of an angel' in reference to the death at 18 years of age of Alma Mahler's daughter Manon, quotes the chorale in the woodwind in the crystalline denouement of the work, assimilated by the violin before the piece draws to its conclusion.

In addition to the cantata, we will also perform the motet O Jesu Christ, mein’s Lebens Licht BWV 118, thought of as a funeral motet.

St Mary-at-Hill Church
Lovat Lane
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