A Little Bit about Our Easter Music
Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist of the Baroque period. He enriched many established German styles through his skill in counterpoint harmonic and motivic organization, and by adapting rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. His music is revered for its intellectual depth, technical command, and artistic beauty.
On Easter Sunday, March 31, the Community Church Choir will be singing three cantata excerpts, including one of Bach’s most beloved compositions, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. (Cantatas – from the Italian word meaning “sung” – are defined as vocal compositions with an instrumental accompaniment, typically in several movements, often involving a choir.) On Easter Sunday, our choir will be accompanied by a quartet of instruments: two flutes, a clarinet and a cello.
Partially excerpted from http://www.jsbach.org/