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Bach and the Church Year

November 13th, 2011
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Since we are fast approaching the end of the present church year and the beginning of the new church year, on December 3, the First Sunday in Advent, I thought you might like to see what J.S. Bach’s Church Year was like. Here is an excellent chart showing you the Sundays in the Church Year as celebrated in Leipzig in the early 18th century, and you will see which cantatas that Bach prepared for the various Sundays and fixed festivals and minor festivals. And, as always, do remember, “The more Bach the better” is a fine general rule for life, because friends do not let friends go without Bach.

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  1. David Clapper
    November 28th, 2006 at 14:13 | #1

    Found this (“A Bach Christmas”) on the BBC website ==> http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/bach/timeline.shtml
    Lots of Bach, starting 16 December!

  2. Tim
    November 13th, 2011 at 18:38 | #2

    Our congregatin has a Bach Cantata Vespers Service tonight, full in German and everything.

  3. Carlray
    November 13th, 2011 at 21:53 | #3

    I checked the BBC website and was rather shocked to see that “Bach marries his niece”!

  4. Glen Kleppe
    November 13th, 2011 at 21:55 | #4

    Just a quick correction, the first Sunday in Advent is November 27 not December 3 (which is actually a Saturday).

  5. November 14th, 2011 at 14:10 | #5

    Thanks so much for the chart. I have all of Bach’s works in a CD collection. This will be a big help in finding the appropriate cantata for each Sunday in the church year. You have done a great service with this. Thanks again.

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