Church Life: Bach Cantatas
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The music of J. S. Bach at Grace

February cantata looks ahead to Lenten themes

bach_wide.jpgFebruary 19

Herr Jesus Christ, wahr’ Mensch und Gott

Lord Jesus Christ, true man and God, BWV 127

Jan Rippentrop, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, homilist

Telemann: Concerto for Recorder in C Major, TWV 51:C1
Lisette Kielson, Bloomington, Illinois, recordist

Herr Jesus Christ, wahr’ Mensch und Gott (Lord Jesus Christ, true man and God, BWV 127) was composed for the last Sunday before Lent in 1725.  It is based on an eight-stanza funeral chorale; Bach’s music anticipates the Lenten season and the retelling of the Passion story on Good Friday. The orchestra includes two recorders as well as two oboes and a trumpet which rings out to depict the final judgment.

The prelude to the service is a Telemann concerto for recorder, played by guest Lisette Kielson. Jan Rippentrop, Carlson Professor of Homiletics at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, is the homilist.

The pre-service music begins at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, February 19, at Grace.
Preview lecture at 3 p.m. by Mark Peters of Trinity Christian College, in the Seminar Room.  

Read more about Cantata 127.