Rehearsals start Tomorrow! Bach’s Mass in B MinorThe Festival Chorus

This Spring Term we will be singing the great Mass in B Minor by J S Bach. Rehearsals formally start on  Jan 7th at our normal rehearsal venue – Broomwood Methodist Hall, Kyrle Road. 7.45pm

The Concert is on the 30th March

During the term we do have Saturday rehearsals which allow a longer time for revision. These are on the mornings of the 9th Feb and the 16th March.

The Mass in B minor (BWV 232) by Johanne Sebastian Bach is a musical setting of the complete Latin Mass. The work was one of Bach’s last compositions, not completed until 1749, the year before his death. Much of the Mass gave new form to vocal music that Bach had composed throughout his career, dating back to 1714, but extensively revised. To complete the work, in the late 1740s Bach composed new sections of the Credo such as “Et incarnatus est”.

It was unusual for composers working in the Lutheran tradition to compose a ‘Missa Tota’ and Bach’s motivations remain a matter of scholarly debate. The Mass was never performed in its entirety during Bach’s lifetime; the first documented complete performance took place in 1859. Since the nineteenth century it has been widely hailed as one of the greatest compositions in musical history, and today it is frequently performed and recorded.

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