Explore Study Day: JS Bach's Magnificat
Saturday 23 April 2016, 10.30am - 4.30pm

University of Edinburgh
Reid Concert Hall, Bristo Square
Edinburgh EH8 9AG

JS Bach’s celebrated Magnificat was first heard on Christmas Day 1723 in Leipzig’s Thomaskirche, shortly after he took up the post of Kantor (Choir Director). The revised version we usually hear today is by Bach himself. How did he revise it? Given that it was written for the Protestant Lutheran church, and intended for the service of Vespers, why is it in Latin? How does Bach respond to this traditional text, the Song of Mary from the Gospel according to St Luke? Which instrumental resources are involved, and how many singers participated in the early performances? Come along to this SCO Explore day with Dr John Kitchen and hear this magnificent work discussed, with excerpts performed by SCO musicians.

Delivered in partnership with the University of Edinburgh Open Studies.

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