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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Bach & Liturgical

In organizing my upcoming anthology book, to be published in the coming weeks, by Oxford University Press, I am very interested and touched that Bach, who wrote endlessly to liturgical texts and perfected counterpoint and fugue beyond which no composer has ever been able to exceed, contributed-upon entering the musical science society, Mitzler Society-a set of canonic variations on the Christmas hymn, “Vom Himmel hoch" (From Heaven High). Bach apparently aspired to individually honoring Christmas, while exhibiting his overriding inventions. He was clearly a boy after my own heart. I love the idea of honoring Christmas in every form, shape, and size, as well, with individuality of expression!

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