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"Guilty of apostasy from the communal rite." Czesław Miłosz, "Distance"
"Guilty of apostasy from the communal rite." Czesław Miłosz, "Distance"

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From J.S. Bach: Cantatas for Trinity I through VII: Cantata 177 was written in 1732, and intended to complete the second Leipzig cycle of 1724, which lacked a cantata for Trinity IV. The structure is a large opening chorus, which is a complex movement…
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From J.S. Bach: Cantatas for Trinity I through VII: The cantata opens with an alto aria, with an orchestra of oboes and strings. It is a very beautiful aria, calm in outlook, with an exceptionally lyrical melodic line in the voice against the gentle…
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“For with the perturbations of memory are linked the intermittencies of the heart.” “… that contradiction of survival and annihilation, so strangely intertwined …. I did not know whether I should one day distil a grain of truth from this painful and for…
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When I first began to study the cantatas, now over twenty years ago, I was especially struck by how often Bach employed modest three-part structure, typically, voice, solo instrument, and continuo, and how much he did with it. In addition to the text,…
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The first words of the aria that follows the opening sinfonia for oboe and pizzicato strings, with its melody of the rarest beauty, are: Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe (I am standing with one foot in the grave); Bald fällt der kranke Leib hinein (Soon my…
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The epigraph page from my book Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden, the second part of the Solitary Ethics trilogy.  
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Cantata 135 is from the second Leipzig cycle of 1724. Like cantata 21, Bach pays little attention to either Peter’s or Christ’s words for the day, but, again, never mind; the music is great. The cantata is in six movements, and opens with a very fine…
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The sinfonia, which is utterly wonderful, clearly prefigures the mood of the opening lines in the succeeding chorus, namely Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis in meinem Herzen (My heart was sore distressed), uses an expressive oboe and violin cantilena, in…
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The preceding alto recitative explains how we are to reach the regions of the angels, and the alto aria exhorts the congregation to haste from guilt and wake from sin. This aria, with flute obbligato, is very quick and delightful, and has fine interplay…
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The elegant expertise of Venezuelan youth meets the Russian Shostakovich and the Mexican Márquez. Shostakovich’s 10th symphony was premiered shortly after the death of Stalin. The composer was 47. Márquez’s Danzón No. 2 premiered in 1994, when Márquez was…
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