Jauchzet! History of Bach’s ‘Christmas Oratorio’

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Is there music more glorious than the piece we now call Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio”? But there’s more to the story than the music! Join us for a deep dive into the culture, history, and art surrounding this masterwork. Each of the six sessions will be devoted to one of the six cantatas that make up the oratorio. We’ll pay careful attention to the defeat of Sweden, the growth of Prussian power, the rise of Russia, and the consequent alliances in central and western Europe, as well as the position of Bach in the larger transition to modernism in Western culture. Each session will offer two video performances of each cantata. Although you needn’t, you can follow the performances by purchasing the Bärenreiter Urtext edition of the Weihnachs-Oratorium score (BA 5014-90), available through amazon.com. To register, visit The Norfolk Library website.

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