Bach: For All the Generations

Post sensacional mostrando como um compositor como Bach usa diversos mecanismos da linguagem musical para enfatizar uma ideia!

Catapulting into Classical

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Sometimes when I’m practicing my current choir music, Bach’s Magnificat, I have to sit there and shake my head.  At first, it was a case of “How on Earth am I going to do this?!” Over time, however, lots of time, I’ve arrived at a new question: “How on Earth did he do this?!”

So one day, armed with my own score and a pencil, I decided to try to figure out exactly what he was up to in those lines of music.

I think it’s highly appropriate that the first thing I saw as I opened to Omnes generationes was an instruction from my choir director that I had transcribed:

Breathe as needed.  Observe rests.

Sound advice.

I decided to tackle the most obvious component of this movement to see what Bach did.  The entire piece consists of two words, “omnes generationes” [all the generations] repeated again and…

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