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Festival Concerts

Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 9am to 4pm | Directed by William Porter

The Genius of Johann Sebastian Bach
First Lutheran Church, Boston

This year’s BEMF Organ Mini-Festival—our sixth—provides a musical excursion through the many facets of Bach’s creative genius, ranging from the youthful organ works of the Ohrdruf and Arnstadt years to the third volume of his Clavierübung, published in 1739. Join us for this kaleidoscopic tour of Bach’s ever-changing musical language, brought to life by the splendid Richards- Fowkes organ at Boston’s First Lutheran Church.

PART ONE: 9AM TO 11AM | WILLIAM PORTER
The Young Bach: Ohrdruf to Weimar
This session features earlier organ works of J. S. Bach, including the Toccata & Fugue in E major, BWV 566, and Chorale Partita “O Gott du frommer Gott”, BWV 767.

PART TWO: 11:30AM TO 1:30PM | LORENZO GHIELMI
The Mature Bach: Weimar to Liepzig
Bach’s years in Weimar were his most prolific in composing for the organ. They also were when he was inspired by Italian music in the form of Vivaldi’s concertos, which Bach adapted for organ and harpsichord. The session will include Chorales from the Orgelbüchlein and Eighteen Chorales; Praeludium & Fuga in A minor, BWV 543; Toccata, Adagio & Fuga, BWV 564; and Concerto in D minor, BWV 596.

PART THREE: 2PM TO 4PM | JOHN SCOTT
Bach the Theologian: Clavierübung, Part III
Johann Sebastian Bach published four volumes of his own keyboard music in a series entitled Clavierübung (“Keyboard Practice”). For the Dritter Theil (third volume), his first published organ music, Bach created a brilliant cycle of twenty-seven masterworks united by a great musical and theological design. Bach published it in 1739, the bicentennial of Martin Luther’s sermon at Leipzig’s Thomaskirche and of the city’s official acceptance of Luther’s Augsburg Confessions. Clavierübung III consists of a monumental Praeludium, twenty one chorale preludes, four Duetti (which are omitted for this recital), and the closing Fuga.

Dame Emma Kirkby & Paul O'Dette

Dame Emma Kirkby & Paul O'Dette

Dame Emma Kirkby & Paul O'Dette