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    I've been listening a lot recently to melancholy/tragic (at least in my own perception) Baroque sacred music. What are some of your favorite tragic Baroque sacred works, especially those similar to the pieces I have listed below?

    The pieces I have been enjoying are:
    - Bach: Nach dir Herr verlanget mich, BWV 150
    - Biber: Requiem
    - Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri, BuxWV 75
    - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
    - Vivaldi: Stabat Mater
    - Zelenka: Lamentationes Jeremiae prophetae pro hebdomada sancta, ZWV 53 (although not all of it is tragic)
    - Zelenka: Miserere (also not completely tragic)

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    Interesting that you chose BWV 150 as a Bach representative, a very youthful and disjointed work that is by no means bad but it is not even accepted to be by him in some scholarly circles. Besides the passions of course, try BWV 12, 13, 23, 55, 56, 101, 125, 127, 199...for starters.
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    Last edited by hammeredklavier; Jan-13-2021 at 05:21.

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    Not sacred music in the narrow sense but a tragic religious theme: Just listened to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson's Händel aria album. "Lord to Thee each night and day" from Theodora is particularly moving.

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    Addendum to previous post : Maybe even more touching: "As with rosy steps the morn" - the music clearly depicts the tragic theme of Theodora and is almost in contrast with the message of hope in the text.

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    BWV 106 Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit 'Actus tragicus'
    If this in not tragic, what is?
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    Christoph Graupner did "tragic" in his own unique style. An excellent example is his cantata reflecting on the story of the Widow of Nain (18:55 in the video) .

    Also his 10 cantata passion cycle of 1741 contains some wonderfully desolate music. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3s...hHQSOrs8aU0Aww
    Last edited by Tasto solo; Jan-25-2021 at 22:17.

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