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Vaughan Williams on Music$
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David Manning

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.001.0001

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Bach Cantatas

Bach Cantatas

(p.400) (p.401) Chapter 94 Bach Cantatas
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

The policy of performing the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach with a chorus of 300 in a hall capable of holding over 2,000 may seem to some to be hazardous. Truly, the ideal way to give such music is by a small choir in a small building. It seems then to be a question of 300 voices or no cantatas, for the third course, that of keeping the majority of the chorus silent in all except the noisier numbers, is unthinkable in the case of a society such as the Bach Choir, which lives through the enthusiasm of its members. It is hoped, therefore, that the beauty of these cantatas will make itself felt under any conditions and in any circumstances, provided that the performers bring their minds and their hearts to the work. Three complete cantatas are performed tonight: “Jesus took unto Him the Twelve,” “Stay with us,” and “The Sages of Sheba.”

Keywords:   cantatas, Johann Sebastian Bach, chorus, Bach Choir, Stay with us, Sages of Sheba

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