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Preparing to Hear Masterworks

Fall 2021: November 15-December 7
Online: Mondays 1:30-3:30 pm
In Person: Tuesdays 1:30-3:30 pm
UVMC Bach Room
painting of a quartet

Fall 2021: Bach Cantatas

Upper Valley Baroque, a new organization devoted to promoting early-music performance in our region, has launched a professional ensemble under the direction of Filippo Ciabatti.  Its first performance, scheduled for Sunday, December 5, features three cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach and Vivaldi’s Magnificat.  The three cantatas offer fascinating insights into the composer’s development.

  • BWV 61, “Nun komm der Heiden Heiland,” was composed in Weimar in 1714; 
  • BWV 147, “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben,” comprises an adaptation, completed in Leipzig in 1723, of a work composed in Weimar in 1716; 
  • BWV 68, “Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt,” was composed in 1725 during Bach’s third year in Leipzig.  

In this seminar we will consider Bach’s daring musical strategies, the liturgical themes suffusing each work, and the steps he took to convert a cantata initially composed for Advent into one designed to celebrate the Annunciation.  

The seminar is designed for both fledgling and seasoned musical enthusiasts.  We will listen to many excerpts and will dip into scores.  No prior musical experience is necessary (though some is welcome!).  

This class will be offered in two sections, one online via Zoom and one in person at UVMC.

Ages: Adults
Length: 4 weeks, 2 hour classes
Cost: $105 (No cost to UVMC individual lesson students enrolled in full 16-week term)
Minimum Enrollment: 5
Faculty: Mark Nelson