'Domestic devotion'

These are programmes of sacred music suitable for very small forces. They contain some of Bach's finest music, and are well-suited to smaller spaces.

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'The Ages of Man'
(SATB soli, 6 players)

J.S.Bach - Cantatas:
Der Herr denket an uns - BWV 196 (wedding cantata)
O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad - BWV 165 (baptism cantata)
Nach dir Herr verlanget mich - BWV 150 (hope in a life to come)

J. Christoph Bach: Two 'arias' for four voices
'Mit Weinen hebt sich's an' (on 'The Ages of Man')
'Es ist nun aus' (funeral aria)

Schmelzer: Sonata (strings and continuo)
'Lamento sopra la morte Ferdinandi III a tre'

and other arias and songs by J.S.Bach, including 'Schlummert ein' from 'Ich habe genug'.
(Total music time is ca.80', with a somewhat longer running time)



Hans Baldung-Grien - The Ages of Man



Images such as Baldung's painting on this theme
gave the idea for this prgramme, which reflects
on the various stages of a human life through the
music of J.S. Bach and others. Audio extracts from
the recent performance in Hungary will shortly be
available on this site.
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J.S. Bach: Weimar cantatas
(SATB soli, 7 players)

Nach dir Herr verlanget mich - BWV 150
O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad - BWV 165
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Aus der Tiefen - BWV 131


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J.S. Bach: Leipzig cantatas
(SB soli, 6 players)

BWV 84: Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke (soprano solo cantata)
BWV82: Ich habe genug (bass solo cantata)
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BWV 159: aria: Es ist vollbracht (bass voice and instruments)
Schmelzer: Lamento sopra la morte Ferdinandi III a tre (strings and continuo)
BWV 57: Selig ist der Mann (Soprano and bass voices, with strings and continuo)