Did you know that not all of Bach's surviving cantata scores are easily accessible or usable?
This season, Choral Arts ran into a problem finding a few pieces of sheet music when artistic director Matt Glandorf programmed a few surviving “obscure” Bach cantatas to be featured in the “1734-1735: Season in the Life of J.S. Bach” series. In particular, scores for cantatas BWV 207a and BWV215 were not easy to find.
The biggest issue, however, was finding a performer-friendly score for BWV 36b Die Freude reget sich (Now gladness doth arise), scheduled to be sung on October 26, 2016. Such score simply did not exist.
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (“the Center”) announced today that Choral Arts Philadelphia has been awarded a 2016 Project Grant, to support Choral Arts’ presentation of 1734-1735: A Season in the Life of J.S. Bach, a recreation of 18 rarely-performed Bach Cantatas.
The cantatas will be performed over the course of Choral Arts' 2016-2017 concert season in an arc spanning the Christian church calendar and the seasons, as originally intended by J.S. Bach.
For more information about the 2016 Project Grants, click here.