Friday, December 23, 2016
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Bach's Magnificat was written for Christmas Day 1723, to celebrate Mary's joy after the Annunciation. Mendelssohn's Vom Himmel Hoch also celebrates the birth of Christ, in a style that references Bach's. Thomas Hengelbrock traces affinities between both composers: a passion for moral song, the divine, Christ, and light.