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BACH Actus Tragicus - Cantatas
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Christ lag in Todes Banden BWV 4
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (Actus tragicus) BWV 106
Der Herr denket an uns BWV 196
Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen BWV 12
Konrad Junghänel - director
Johann Sebastian Bach's musical heritage.|
If some of the young Bach's religious vocal works that have survived take us into a world that is still deeply marked by the rich and varied musical aesthetics and traditions of Central Germany, a stylistic reform imported from Italy in the decade between 1710 and 1720, induced him and his contemporaries to turn their backs on the old tradition. And yet, even in the earliest works we find signs of the full genius of the future cantor of St Thomas's, as in the famous Actus tragicus cantata (justly regarded as the summit of the "old-style" cantata), or the extraordinarily plaintive accents of Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen. For it is precisely in following the stylistic and aesthetic conventions of the past that Bach succeeds in surpassing, and even in transcending them.
The Quiz ...
What year was the Actus Tragicus composed?
What occasion was the Actus Tragicus composed for?
Name one other cantata that was composed for a funeral:
Cantata 157 - Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn
Hint: if you look very carefully, you may just find the answers to these questions at this site. :-)