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A Holy Week Musical Meditation (Part I): Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Schumann

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Monday, March 26, 2018
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue

Organist Benjamin Sheen (photo credit: Ira Lippke)

Holy Week, from Palm Sunday to the Easter Vigil, is the heart of the Christian year; music plays a central role during this most sacred time. Through compositions inspired by the celebration of Christ's Passion, death, and resurrection, we "traverse the mystery, anguish, and joy" of these significant events.

Organist Benjamin Sheen reflects that emotional and religious journey of Holy Week in a program surveying the spiritual and theological influences of the music of J.S. Bach on three of the nineteenth century's greatest composers. Mendelssohn, Brahms and Schumann were all fascinated by Bach, and many of the latter's works provided compositional models for the three leading exponents of what became the Bach Revival after 1829.

"The music will help frame your mind and soul....." --The Federalist

Program

Fugue no. 1 on the name of B.A.C.H., Op. 60
Fugue no. 2 on the name of B.A.C.H., Op. 60
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Aus tiefer Not, schrei ich zu dir, BWV 687
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Sonata in A major, Op. 65, no. 3
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

  • I. Con moto maestro
  • II. Andante tranquillo

Aus tiefer Not, schrei ich zu dir, BWV 686
Johann Sebastian Bach

Fugue no. 3 on the name of B.A.C.H., Op. 60
Robert Schumann

Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731
Johann Sebastian Bach

Fugue no. 4 on the name of B.A.C.H., Op. 60
Robert Schumann

Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721
Johann Sebastian Bach

Fugue no. 5 on the name of B.A.C.H., Op. 60
Fugue no. 6 on the name of B.A.C.H., Op. 60
Robert Schumann

Performers:
Benjamin Sheen, Associate Organist
The Loening-Hancock Gallery Organ

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Fugue no. 1 on the name of B.A.C.H., Op. 60, Robert Schumann (1810-1856) 4:38-9:40
Fugue no. 2 on the name of B.A.C.H., Op. 60, Robert Schumann (1810-1856) 9:52-16:00
Aus tiefer Not, schrei ich zu dir, BWV 687, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) 16:15-21:46
Sonata in A major, Op. 65, no. 3, Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) 22:8-32:5
Aus tiefer Not, schrei ich zu dir, BWV 686, Johann Sebastian Bach 32:23-38:30
Fugue no. 3 on the name of B.A.C.H., Op. 60, Robert Schumann 38:55-42:2
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731, Johann Sebastian Bach 42:6-45:5
Fugue no. 4 on the name of B.A.C.H., Op. 60. Robert Schumann 45:35-50:00
Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721, Johann Sebastian Bach 50:13-54:50
Fugue no. 5 on the name of B.A.C.H., Op. 60, Robert Schumann 55:12-57:40
Fugue no. 6 on the name of B.A.C.H., Op. 60, Robert Schumann 57:54-4:47

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