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Trumpets and timpani on a regular Sunday

Last week, Bach gave his principal trumpet and horn player Gottfried Reiche a little break, but this week he needs him back: after the “old style” church motet opening chorus for Trinity 11… 323 more words

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Trinity 11, 1723: Bach on a roll

I’ve been away for more than a month of traveling with my family and spending time with our relatives in Europe. That’s why some posts have been late, and why this one is a whole week late. 1,197 more words

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June 24 = Feast of St. John

In Bach’s time, June 24 was an important feast day, celebrating the birth of John the Baptist. In the Lutheran faith, it is believed that John the Baptist paved the way for Jesus to come into the world, and his birthday was thus dated exactly six months before Jesus’ birthday. 827 more words

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Season 1, episode 2

Trinity season in the Lutheran Church year means no feast days until Christmas, no stories about Jesus’ life in the Gospel texts, and no Vox Christi… 911 more words

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The Leipzig Debut

On this First Sunday after Trinity (for short:Trinity 1), Sunday May 30, 1723, Bach started his first cycle of weekly cantatas in Leipzig. It was two days before his official installation, and… 806 more words

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Bach in Leipzig

No discussion of Bach cantatas until Easter, because Bach did not write any cantatas for Lent (the 40 days before Easter). Read more about this in  927 more words

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