In its seventh year of existence, Bach@7 series offers two programs in the Fall and two in Winter-Spring, featuring choral, orchestral, solo and chamber works by J.S. Bach, his predecessors and followers.
The Book of Psalms are a cornerstone of of Jewish and Christian Worship and
have inspired some of the most important musical works in the Western Art Canon. The Psalms, written over a period of about five centuries represent every aspect of the human psyche from thanksgiving to lamentation to
words of comfort.
This season, Choral Arts and the Philadelphia Bach Festival on its Bach@7 Series will explore various forms of Psalm settings from Gregorian chant to settings of the Renaissance to modern settings with a Bach Cantata that is based on one of psalms.
BACH @7 SERIES
Upcoming Bach @7
Psalms without Words
Wednesday November 20th
After the Reformation, many Psalms became associated with certain chorale melodies that were memorized and sung by the common people. Reincken's monumental setting of Psalm 137 "By the Waters of Babylon" was likely inspired by a great improvisation heard by the young J.S. Bach on a trip he made to Hamburg as a student. Later, Reincken is reported to have heard Bach in turn improvise on the same melody to the old master's great approval.
Julius Reubke and Herbert Howells in turn used verses from the psalms as inspiration as "tone poems" based on free materials rather than pre-existing melodies. I, in turn will end the program with an improvisation "tone poem" based on a verse from psalm 115.
Choral Prelude on "By the Waters of Babylon" (PSalm 137). Johann
Three Psalm Preludes Set Two. Herbert Howells
Three Psalm Preludes - Herbert Howells
Fugue from Sonata on the 94th Psalm - Julus Reubke
Improvisation on "You are the blessed of the the Lord, who has made
heaven and earth." Psalm 115: 15
Matthew Glandorf, Organist
Out of the Deep
Wednesday March 4th 2020
Many of the Psalms are extremely personal in their tone, like conversations with a loved one. Psalm 130 "Out of the deep" is a very honest cry of despair. However, the second part of the psalm turns toward an inkling that hope will triumph over suffering.
Aus der Tiefe - Heinrich Schütz
Domine non secundum peccata nostra - James MacMillan
Out of the Deep - Thomas Morley
Sad Paven for these distracted times - Thomas Tomkins
Cantata BWV 131: Aus der Tiefe - J.S. Bach
Choral Arts Philadelphia
The Bach Collegium
Matthew Glandorf, Conductor