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When will I die? | Oxford Bach Soloists

Sunday October 4, 2020 at 15:00
New College Chapel, Oxford
£15, £12 (Oxford Uni alumni), £5 (student), free for under 18s
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  1. Cantata No 33, 'Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ' BWV33 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. Cantata No 78, 'Jesu, der du meine Seele' BWV 78 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  3. Cantata No 99, 'Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan' BWV 99 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  4. Cantata No 8, 'Liebster Gott, wenn werd' ich sterben?' BWV 8 - Johann Sebastian Bach

Muted violins and pizzicato express fearfulness of shaky steps in Cantata 33, and a virtuoso flute counterpoint depicts shaking and torment of the soul in Cantata 99. The monumental opening chorus of BWV 78 stands out as one of Bach’s most remarkable examples of a chromatic passacaglia in passus duriusculus, used in the model for the Crucifixus of the B minor Mass. Plucked arpeggios, bell tones, and a slow elegiac swing evoke the scene of ‘a passing funeral cortège’ (Gardiner) in the opening movement of Cantata 8, painting a picture of a ‘church-yard full of lowers in the springtime’ (Spitta).

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