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May 2022

Resound, Ye Songs!

Sunday 8 May, 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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 Watch live-stream! . Bach’s earliest works are often considered to be his most inventive, full of daring ideas. Cantata 12 is one of his most affecting compositions, the opening of which was to find its way into the B minor Mass. Now one year in his post as Thomaskantor, he revived his Pentecost Cantatas 59 and 172 for the 2nd and 3rd time respectively. Dating from 1714 during his employment in service of the Dukes of Weimar, the effulgent Cantata…

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June 2022

Festival of Joy

Sunday 19 June, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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 Watch live-stream! A trio of cantatas drawn from earlier works, deftly reworked to suit their new contexts. The Pentecostal cantatas 173 and 184 find their roots in secular Serenatas written for Prince Leopold at Cöthen, their imagery ingeniously preserved so that association between words and music is unharmed. Cantata 194, written for the dedication of the church and organ at Störmthal in 1723, was probably also based on a lost Cöthen work and is revived here in full festal splendour…

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