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Bach's Leipzig audition | Oxford Bach Soloists

When
Sunday March 3, 2019 at 15:00
Where
New College Chapel, Oxford
Tickets
£15, £12 (Oxford Uni alumni), £5 (student), free for under 18s
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  1. Cantata No 182, 'Himmelskonig, sei willkommen' BWV182 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. Cantata 'Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe' BWV 22 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  3. Cantata 'Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn' BWV 23 - Johann Sebastian Bach

During his Weimar years, Bach performed his Palm Sunday Cantata 182 no less than three times. A firm favourite, it depicts the arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem on a donkey.

In December 1722 Bach was keen to leave Köthen and applied for the cantorate of the Thomaskirche in Leipzig. Anxious to woo the reluctant Leipzigers, who were not particularly disposed to appoint him, he diplomatically presented himself as a composer on quite modest lines.

At his audition on 7th February 1723 he performed Cantatas 22 and 23 which, despite slim forces of oboe and strings, contain some of the most affecting and imaginative music in the cantata repertoire.


Venue
New College Chapel
Holywell Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3BN
England
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