Behind Bach’s B minor Mass – lecture/exploration this Sunday afternoon


As a taster for the forthcoming performance of Bach’s Mass in B minor at St
Michael and All Angels
, I’ll be leading an exploration of this great
masterpiece this coming Sunday afternoon 23rd January 2011 at another church
nearby – St Anne’s Church on Kew Green. In a three-hour session starting at
1:30pm, and stopping only briefly for fortification in the form of tea and
cakes, I’ll be exploring the spiritual and musical context of the work, as
well as looking in detail at its individual movements. There’ll be the
chance to sing some brief examples from the score, and to share some
personal highlights. I’ll also be examining some of the enigmas of the B
minor Mass: given that there’s no evidence it was sung in Bach’s lifetime,
did he compile it for posterity rather than performance? And since we now
know that Bach drew on earlier works for most of the music, how does that
affect our view of the B minor mass as a piece in its own right?

Tickets for Behind Bach’s B minor Mass are £10, including the aforementioned
tea and cakes. If possible, please bring a score or sleeve notes for reference. To reserve a place email Marie at,
or simply pay on the door.


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