Bach and the Bible
Lumen Dominican Centre

Presentation 1
Introduction; biography (i); ancestors; musical influences; Toccata and fugue in D Minor,

Presentation 2
Biography (ii); Lutheran worship; Pietism (I); Cantata 1: How brightly shines the morning star.

Presentation 3
Biography (iii); Brandenburg concerto 4/presto; Pietism (ii); Cantata 80: A mighty fortress is our God.

Presentation 4
Biber and Zelenka (contemporaries of Bach); biography (iv); Leipzig; Cantatas; Cantata 106 God's time is the best time; Cantata 4 Christ lay in death's bonds.

Bach 4 (PDF)
Presentation 5
Sunday and weekday worship; the use of Latin; the Magnificat (Heinrich Schütz); a comparison of the settings by Vivaldi and Bach (selected verses).

Bach 5 (PDF)
Presentation 6
Cantata 81; Gospel (the stilling of the storm in Matthew); study of the individual movements (using La Petite Bande); commentary by Peter Harvey, tenor; prayerful listening to the Gospel before hearing the full cantata again (using the Monteverdi Choir). Closing aria from Cantata 30.

Bach 6 (PDF)
Websites: If you would like to look further…

Bach Cantatas (really complete)
All of Bach (Netherlands Bach Society project)
Life of Bach (Encyclopedia Brittanica)
Biography (Baroque Composers)
Life (Oxford, Grove)
Complete Works
Books: If you would like to look even further…

Boyd: The Brandenburg Concertos
Malcolm Boyd: The Oxford Companion to Bach
Hans T.
David, Arthurs Mendel (eds.) Christoph Wolff (revised): The New Bach Reader. A Life of Johann Sebastian Bach in Letters and Documents
Alfred Dürr: Die Johannespassion Bärenreiter Werkeinführungen
Alfred Dürr: Johannes Sebastian Bach: Die Kantaten (also in English)David Gordon: The Little Bach Book
John Eliot Gardiner: Music in the Castle of Heaven. A Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach
Michel Marissen: Bach & God
Petzoldt Bachstätten. Ein Reiseführer zu Johann Sebastian Bach
Walter Johannespassion. Eine Musikalisch-Theologische Einführung
Christoph Wolff: Bach. The Learned Musician
Christoph Wolff: Bach's Musical Universe. The Composer and His Work

JS Bach