Three questions to artistic director - ahead of the encore performance of j.s. bach "christmas oratorio"
By Matthew Glandorf
The word “cantata” is derived from the Italian word “cantare”, which means a work that is sung. This is in opposition to the word “sonata” (Italian “sonare”), which means a piece that sounds and therefore is instrumental.
The tradition of the 17th-century cantata in Italy and France was usually secular in nature and could combine elements of recitative, which is a type of music that follows the contour of recited speech and rhythm, with aria, usually according to a poetic meter. The compositional style of the cantata is mainly taken from the forms encountered in opera. Mythological stories were usually the subject matter such as those of Orpheus, Medea or Hercules.
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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.