Each separate cantata uses different performing groups, emphasizing the idea that this is not one large work. Although parts of the libretto are poetic, much of it is taken from the German translation of the Bible. Bach used portions of the Nativity story from the Gospels of Luke and Matthew in retelling the story. At this time, Bach was in Leipzig.
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By Ignace Bossuyt. ISBN Bossuyt cannot be faulted for his trawl through much recent literature on the oratorio much of it in German , and he provides many useful footnotes and bibliographic references. Admittedly, the field is patently thin, largely theologically based, and with very little new knowledge of sources appearing over the last couple of decades.
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Bach, Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
The career of Johann Sebastian Bach, the most illustrious of a prolific musical family, falls neatly into three unequal parts. Born in in Eisenach, from the age of ten Bach lived and studied music with his eider brother in Ohrdruf, after the death of both his parents. After a series of appointments as organist and briefly as a court musician, he became, in , court organist and chamber musician to Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Weimar, the eider of the two brothers who jointly ruled the duchy. From then until his death in he lived in Leipzig, where he was Thomaskantor, with responsibility for the music of the five principal city churches, in assuming direction of the university collegium musicum, founded by Telemann in At Weimar Bach had been principally employed as an organist, and his compositions of the period include a considerable amount written for the instrument on which he was recognised as a virtuoso performer. The period brought the composition of a number of instrumental works. The final 27 years of Bach's life brought a variety of preoccupations, and while his official employment necessitated the provision of church music, he was able, among other things, to provide music for the university collegium musicum and to write or re-arrange a number of important works for the keyboard.
Bach, Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), BWV 248
Parts of Nos. Come, praise the days! Adapted from: Mvt. Stefanus Day] Readings: Epistle: Titus. Adapted from: Leipzig; Mvt.