Johann Sebastian Bach was born on March 21, 1685, 323 years ago. He was a very important composer who “drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.”
Rob noticed that a local church, the Petruskirche, was putting on a “Happy Birthday, Johann Sebastian” organ concert last night, so we went. It was beautiful. The lights were dimmed and the organ stood at the back of the church, so from our seats, we could see only the alter. I listened with my eyes closed and just concentrated on the sounds filling the church.
Here’s the program:
- Praeludium et Fuga e-moll (BWV 548)
- “Dies sind die heil’gen zehn Gebot” (BWV 678)
- Praeludium et Fuga a-moll (BWV 543)
- “O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß” (BWV 622)
- Sonata V C-Dur, Allegro—Largo—Allegro (BWV 529)
- Passacaglia c-moll (BWV 582)
The organist, Kantor Michael Harry Poths from Stadtkirche Grünberg, even played an encore. Although I don’t remember the title exactly, it was a Phantasie.
I am really glad we went! Happy birthday, Bach!
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