Wonderful kind of pilgrimage. I always remember the old theatre of my town which is demolished now, where my childhood was condensed with movies and musical performances(The screen was an oldtyle large piece white curtain, a stage for actual performance is behind it when lifted up).Always good, I think I was 15 years that my mother took me to see the "St Matthew Passion"
Bach cantatas are varied in styles and individual pieces in numbers, so probably no one can be sure which to recommend. Me too, I would always recommend large scale pieces like masses or Te Deum of Marc Charpentier.I don't think I've seen a mention of Bach Cantatas.
Mine was a church, wooden seats .Wonderful kind of pilgrimage. I always remember the old theatre of my town which is demolished now, where my childhood was condensed with movies and musical performances(The screen was oldtyle white curtain, a stage for actual performance is behind it).
Nobody dares to ruin the church then, it could be the most wonderful property of the church, those wooden benches and old scratches are a part of the romance. Chinese billionaires are buying up protected by govt old houses with old wooden stuffs and selling us concrete skyscrapers.Mine was a church, wooden seats .
I second that. Bach's Magnificat and BWV 80 Cantata feature some of his best chorales and solo arias and it's not as long and demanding (and gloomy) as the Passions.Many pieces like large scale oratorios are a bit long and can try ones patience if one is not used to them. So I'd try shorter pieces around 30-40 mins.
Bach: Magnificat, also try some of the famous cantatas like BWV 80 (A mighty fortress/Ein feste Burg...) or 140 (Sleepers, awake!/Wachet auf...) that have the eponymous chorale tune as "frame" and a good mix of choral and solo movements.
Handel: Dixit dominus, Utrecht Te Deum, Chandos anthems
Pergolesi: Stabat mater
Mozart: "coronation mass" K 317, Mass in c minor (a bit longer but you can split it up in parts)
Haydn: Nelson mass (in angustiis) and Mass in time of war (in tempore belli)
Bach's Magnificat would be a good starting point. In this video you're provided a translation of the text in subtitles.I have to admit: for a very long time, I've generally found most vocal music somewhat dull. I expressed that sentiment from the start of my love of classical music, as a kid. Why exactly, I can't say.
But recently, I've been dipping my toes into the immense depths of that genre. And I've found myself most attracted (so far) to sacred or sacral-based music. The only problem is I'm a bit lost as to what would be a good piece for a newbie like myself, to start with as a first. First piece here, as in a first to listen through completely. I've so far only been sampling bits here and there.
If I sound a bit naïve here, I'm sorry about that. I guess it's what happens when you ignore something as expansive as this for so long.