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Bach Mass in B minor

16/04/2011 7:00 pm $40/$35/$30/$25
Dunedin Town Hall

The City of Dunedin Choir, supported by the Southern Sinfonia and conducted by David Burchell, presents Bach's Mass in B Minor. The soloists for this performance are Lois Johnston, Soprano, Sarah Court, Mezzo-Soprano, David Hamilton, Tenor and Daniel O'Connor, Baritone.

The Mass in B Minor (BWV 232) is a musical setting of the complete Latin Mass by Johann Sebastian Bach. The work was one of Bach's last, although much of it was made of music that Bach had composed earlier. Bach assembled the Mass in its present form in 1749, just before his death in 1750.

It was unusual for composers working in the Lutheran tradition to compose a Missa tota (complete mass) and Bach's motivations remain a matter of scholarly debate. The Mass was most probably never performed in totality during Bach's lifetime, and the work largely disappeared in the 18th century. However, several performances in the early 19th century sparked a revival both of the piece and the larger rediscovery of Bach's music. Today, it is widely hailed as a monumental work of the late Baroque and is frequently performed.

Bach’s Mass in B minor is regarded as one of the supreme achievements of classical music.


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