In March the Lyric Factory returns, this time, with The Passion according to Bach, a course dedicated, precisely, to two of Johann Sebastian Bach's most significant works: the Passions according to St. John and according to St. Matthew. But where is it that the Factory, always dedicated to the study of the opera genre, intersects with Bach who did not compos any?
Certainly, Bach wrote a huge amount of music. However, his vocal production was not dedicated to opera, a genre that in the first half of the eighteenth century flourished with great beauty thanks to his contemporaries G. F. Handel and A. Vivaldi. Bach's interests and labor commitments were rather linked to sacred music.
Despite this, it was in the composition of the Passions that the German genius also related to the drama brought to music, with the musical characterization of characterization of characters such as that of Jesus, Pilate or the evangelists, as well as the use of the choir as the singing voice of the people. It is in these works that Bach's music intersects with the Factory. And what better than together to prepare for Holy Week by immersing ourselves in the sublime music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
To do this, in this course, The Passion according to Bach, we will seek the origins of the tradition of corals, a custom still alive in the Protestant liturgy, and which Bach would enrich like none. We will also learn what are the Cantus Firmus, such an important compostive element of this music. In addition, we will discuss how biblical texts interact with poetic reflections and, finally, how Baroque style is reflected in music through ornamentation, dissonances and word painting.
Finally, in this Factory dedicated to Bach, we will have a luxury guest: the gambista Florencia Bardavid. Florence has interpreted these Passions numerous times, both in Chile and in various countries of Europe. With it we will analyze how fashion has changed in the representations of these works. It will also guide us in reviewing recordings, from those loaded with the spirit of musical romanticism, with large orchestras, modern instruments and very slow pulses, to the records of the end of the century, called "historically informed" and characterized by agile pulses, a light instrumentation and the use of period instruments.
As you can see, we come up with a must-see lyrical factory, dedicated to the genius of Johann Sebastian Bach. So, don't hesitate to sign up!