Saturday 20 October 2018 7.30pm in Sidmouth Parish Church
An Evening with JS Bach
Choral Motets and Keyboard Suites
Peter Adcock piano
Nigel Perrin conductor
Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden BWV230
Suite no. 6 in E major BWV815
Jesu, meine Freude BWV227
Komm, Jesu, komm! BWV229
Suite no. 4 in E flat major BWV817
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied BWV225
“It is the special province of music to move the heart.” JS Bach
Presenting two contrasting genres of Bach's genius, Exeter Festival Chorus performs four of his scintillating German motets, composed for the choir of St Thomas' Leipzig. These are interspersed with Peter Adcock playing two of Bach's charming and elegant French Suites, given by Bach as a wedding gift to his new wife, Anna Magdalena.
Bach belongs to a time when composers were employees, usually of the court and/or church. Such positions brought responsibilities to compose to order for the regular round of services and ceremonial occasions. Yet within these boundaries Bach produced works of astonishing invention. While many of the choral motets were written for specific funerals, the keyboard suites gave Bach an opportunity to explore for himself, rather than for public consumption, how to stretch traditional dance forms.
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