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Tell us a bit about yourself, and your training and career to date? I'm a countertenor from Maldon in Essex and I have just completed my first year of studying music at New College, Oxford. I started singing at the age of nine in my local parish church choir. When I...read more
Tell us a bit about yourself, and your training and career to date?? I fell in love with baroque music as a child. I was very lucky my childhood recorder teacher, Sarah Fenn, was the concert manager of the English Concert, and so I was exposed to fantastic period...read more
It’s been about a year since we last caught up with you. Tell us what you’ve been up to? As usual, I’ve been balancing singing commitments with my full time role in fundraising and alumni relations at Christ Church. Working full time can make scheduling in time for...read more
The date of composition of this cantata is uncertain. It seems probable that Bach first performed it either during the 1726 Reformation Festival, which was always celebrated in Leipzig on 31st October, or on Trinity Sunday in the following year. Thereafter the piece took its place among the great chorale-based works of his 1724-25 cycle, where it replaced a non-chorale-based cantata, BWV 176.
Johann Olearius’ (1611-1684) hymn ‘Gelobet sei der Herr’ is a quintessential Lutheran chorale.
The cantata “Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit” (“God’s time is best”), dates from 1707 when Bach was, for a short while, organist of the Blasiuskirche at Mühlhausen.