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Bach

Mother of All Melismata

This is the opening of Bach’s cantata for the Fourth Sunday in Advent (BWV 132). The video shows Bach’s own score. I love that it takes up to ten measures to sing the word Bahn—that’s like 85 notes. The road that John the Baptist comes to prepare seems to be a long and bumpy one.

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Church Year Preaching

Evangelien des Kirchenjahrs

I’m going to try to read as much of these text studies as I can this time through the church year. I wish I had time to read (and translate) the whole thing, but at 60+ pages of German per week, I don’t think that will happen.