Bach the European: From Ancient Cosmos towards Enlightenment - Bach and Incarnation

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Iain Ledingham director

Buxtehude Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BuxWV 223
JS Bach Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 1
Buxtehude Das newgebohrne Kindelein, BuxWV 13
JS Bach Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele, BWV 69a

Bach’s sustained engagement in theology fed the development of his musical poetics throughout his life. In this concert we hear how he and his great predecessor Buxtehude responded in their Christmas music to the mystery of the incarnation. Hymnody was a central source of musical inspiration to both composers, and Buxtehude’s chorale prelude Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern introduces Bach’s more extended treatment of the same material in his magnificent cantata of the same name.

Performed on modern instruments.

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