Membra Jesu Nostri - D. Buxtehude
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
6:30 pm –
Tuesday, 3 April from 6:30-7:30 PM
No tickets or reservations required.
Dietrich Buxtehude was one of the greatest composers of his generation, and an important influence on Johann Sebastian Bach. Composed in 1680, Membra Jesu nostri (The limbs of our Jesus) is a remarkable cycle of seven cantatas each addressing a different part of Christ’s crucified body: feet, knees, hands, side, chest, heart, and head. The text, Salve mundi salutare, also known as the Rhythmica oratio, was written by Medieval poet Arnulf of Louvain.
Membra Jesu nostri, considered to be the first Lutheran oratorio, represents the peak of 17th century northern German vocal music. Come and listen to this Holy Week meditation offered by some of New York’s finest chamber musicians.
Jolle Greenleaf and Molly Quinn, sopranos
Geoffrey Williams, countertenor
Steven Caldicott Wilson, tenor
Dongmyung Ahn, violin
Vita Wallace, violin
The Sinfonia Players
Craig Phillips, bass
Rachel Evans, viola
Jessica Troy, viola
Christine Gummere, cello
Kevin Kwan and Hank Heijink, continuo
John Scott, conductor