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Oratorio Concert
Event type: Large-scale vocal-instrumental concert
Hall: Concert Hall
Subscription: B1 - Symphonic concerts, Z1 - Golden subscription
Price: 50-110 zł


Johann Sebastian Bach is a unique example of a composer whose music combines expression with a strong intellectual element and a perfect sense of form. It is true that he never penned an opera but this is because his work concentrates mostly on religious music. Two hundred cantatas, passions and Mass in B Minor highlight his gifts as an incredibly inspired author of great imagination and intuition.

If we were to single out one piece that would be the crowning achievement of Bach’s extensive oeuvre, it would most probably be his Mass in B Minor, despite the fact that it took Bach almost twenty-five years to put it together. Sanctus was written the earliest, in 1724; the first two sections of the work – Kyrie and Gloria – were completed in 1733, while the remaining parts were composed as late as the end of the 1740s, and thus shortly before Bach’s death. Unfortunately, the Leipzig cantor did not have a chance to hear the work in its entirety in his lifetime – the first documented performance of the complete work only took place in 1859.

Still on the subject of Mass in B Minor, it is worth noting a theme that has only recently been addressed by musicologists: in several fragments of the Mass we can hear the rhythm of a polonaise. There is nothing surprising about this! In Bach’s time, the polonaise accompanied various court ceremonies and these dances were often written by, inter alia, the composers of the Polish-Saxon court in Dresden, where Bach had applied for a post. The composer of the Brandenburg Concertos could not find a better way to pay tribute to the son of the Polish king and at the same time faithfully adhere to the then fashion for polonaises.


The concert takes place without intermission.

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