April 14: The last installment of this year’s Bach+ series continues the thread of previous programs by featuring another famous genre of the baroque era: the chorale variation for the organ. The third part of the Clavier-Übung series (1739), Bach’s first published work for organ, beautifully captured this genre. Bach chose chorales that outlined the German Missa and Luther’s “Lesser” Catechism. He then framed the collection with the grand Prelude and Fugue in E-flat, one of his most significant works of that genre. The collection in its entirety represents Bach’s finest writing for the organ, the instrument for which he was so famous. In his preface to the first edition he notes that these chorale variations were written“…for music lovers, and especially for connoisseurs of such work, to refresh their spirits.”As with all our Bach+programs, J. Ernest Green and Larry Molinaro will explore influences beyond the works of J.S. Bach. Read Larry’s notes and observations on this week’s music HERE.
This fall, our Bach+ series will begin with the fourth part of the Clavier-Ubung series, otherwise known as the “Goldberg Variations,” performed along with improvised variations by jazz pianist Dan Tepfer.
No tickets required. Come as you are, pay as you can.
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About the series:
Almost everyone on the planet has heard something by JS Bach during their life. If not by Bach himself, then music by other composers that he influenced.
Welcome to Bach+, our Thursday series concerts celebrating JS Bach’s genius and how it continues to be a living part of the music composed today.
In our Bach+ concerts, you’ll hear members of the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and guest artists performing the best of Bach in the near-perfect acoustics of St. Anne’s.
You may also hear St. Anne’s magnificent organ played by Bach expert Larry Molinaro or some of the areas most talented players, or members of the Annapolis Chorale and St. Anne’s Choir performing some of his choral pieces. It’s a joyous way to celebrate the work of Bach and its continuous influence on music.