Further information on Fall 2018 courses


Gerald Hoekstra: Bach’s Church Music


Class schedule (subject to revision):

1     Introduction: The Baroque Era; Listening to Baroque music, its styles and forms

2     Bach’s life and career; the core of 18th-century Lutheran theology
             Cantata 106, “Gottes Zeit ist die allerbesten Zeit” (funeral 1707)

3     The Lutheran liturgy and its music: cantatas, motets, passions, chorales
xxxxxxCantata 4, “Christ lag in Todesbanden” (Easter 1708, 1725)
xxxxxxCantata 61, “Nun komm der Heiden Heiland” (Advent 1714)

4     Bach’s musicians and their instruments
            Cantata 21, “Ich hatte viel Bekümernis (Trinity III 1714)
            Cantata 26, “Ach, wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig” (Trinity XXIV 1724)

5     Bach’s audience
            Cantata 78, “Jesu, der du meine Seele” (Trinity XIV 1724)
            Cantata 1, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern” (Annunciation 1725)

6     Bach and his contemporaries: Handel, Telemann, et al.
            Cantata 140, “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” (Trinity XXVII 1731)
            Magnificat in D (1723)
            Cantata 51, “Jauchzet Gott” (Trinity XV 1730)

7     Holy Week in Leipzig’s churches; madrigalian poetry in Lutheran church music
            The St. Matthew Passion (1727)

8     Bach’s later life and works
            The B Minor Mass (assembled 1747-49): Kyrie, Credo


Assignments:  Preparation for each class will involve short readings (handouts) and listening to the works to be discussed.  Recordings will be made available online; participants must have access to a computer with a good internet connection.  Readings will be supplied in a course packet (cost $5, included in course fee of $55 = $50 tuition + $5 packet).