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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Let's Listen to Some Vocal Music

   

     Bach also wrote wonderful music for voice, for groups, as well as soloists. Enjoy this soothing chorus from his oratorio, St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244-63, recorded in 1973 by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, (conductor: Sir David Willcocks).
     An "oratorio" is a large, long work, often based on a religious story, that is written for a choir accompanied by an orchestra. It's made up of many sections (called "movements"), each its own separate, little gem of a work. Today, oratorios are often performed in scaled-down versions, accompanied by an organ or a chamber orchestra (little orchestra), rather than full orchestra, and fewer movements. There are still many full-length performances, as well. Colleges and community groups, as well as professional groups, often cooperate to perform full oratorios.

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