Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Bach The Dramatist: Bach's Neo-Classical Drama Featuring Pallas, Pomona, Zephyrus, And Aeolos

"Although Bach never wrote an opera, he was greatly influenced by the art form. Beginning with BWV 205, he added the subtitle “Dramma per musica” (Drama in Music) to each of his major secular cantatas.

‘Zerreißet, zersprenget, zertrümmert die Gruft’ (Tear up, burst apart, smash to pieces the cave), follows Pallas (the goddess of Wisdom), Pomona (the goddess of Fruit), Zephyrus (the god of Gentle Breeze), and Aeolos (the God of Winds) in a neo-classical Greek production, complete with costumes and partial staging."


Tuesday, March 6, 2007, Noontime Bach Cantata Concert

Prelude & Fugue in C Major, BWV 547
Todd Fickley, organ
Cantata BWV 23, “Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn”


"Leipzig is the largest city in the federal state (Bundesland) of Saxony. The name is derived from the old-slavic (also Polish) Lipsk (settlement where the linden trees stand). It is situated at the confluence of the rivers Pleisse, White Elster and Parthe. Leipzig's population, which peaked at 750,000 before the second world war, has diminished to just about 500,000 by 2002.

First documented in 1015, and endowed with city and market privileges in 1165, Leipzig has always been known as a place of commerce. The Leipzig Trade Fair became an event of international importance; especially as a point of contact to the east-european economic bloc (Comecon) of which East Germany was a member.

The foundation of the University of Leipzig in 1409 initiated the city's development into a center of the publishing industry, and towards being a location of the German National Library (founded in 1912).

"Leipzig - wir sehen uns!" is how this internationally renowned city of culture and trade fairs greets its visitors. Famous names such as J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Schumann, Wagner, Goethe and Schiller are closely associated with this Saxon metropolis.

It was here that Johann Sebastian Bach spent 27 immensely productive years as cantor in St Thomas's Church and Director musices from 1723 until his death in 1750, creating his major works such as the Johannes-Passion (BWV 245) and Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244), the Mass in B minor (BWV 232) and The Art of the Fugue (BWV 1080). Today, his last resting place is in St Thomas's Church. Particularly active in perpetuatlng interest in Bach and his works are the Bach Archives, the Bach Museum and Thomanerchor (St Thomas's Church Choir), one of the oldest and most famous boys' choirs in Germany.

In 1813, the Leipzig region was the arena of the Battle of the Nations. In 1913 a monument celebrating this event was finished.

Having been a terminal of the first German long distance railroad (1838, to Dresden, the capital city of Saxony), Leipzig became a hub of central-european railroad traffic, with a renowned station building, now the largest passenger train station in Europe. Nobel prize laureate Werner Heisenberg worked as a physics professor at Leipzig University from 1927 to 1942.

Among Leipzig's noteworthy institutions are also the Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Leipzig Zoo, which houses the world's largest facilities for primates. Leipzig is also the German candidate for the 2012 Summer Olympics."



Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig [The Felix Mendelssohn College of Music and Theatre]

Concert Hall for the College of Music and Theatre, Leipzig, Germany, European Union.

Photo credit: Leipzig ArchitecTours. With thanks.


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