Johann Sebastian Bach | Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Musikalisches Opfer | Christ lag in Todesbanden | Missa sine nomine | Kunst der Fuge


Instrumenta Musica | Ensemble Polyharmonique

Sadly, Johann Sebastian Bach left us no Requiem, a Mass for the Dead (Missa pro defuncti). However, of the sudden end of his Art of the Fugue (his unfinished swan song), his son, C.P.E. Bach wrote "In this fugue where the name BACH (B-flat, A, C, B-natural) appears in the countersubject, the author died." By this Bach sent his music into eternity. Bach's reworking of Palestrina's Missa sine nomine for six voices shows us Bach's mastery of the "old" polyphonic style, and, by his instrumentation for six instruments and Thoroughbass, we have an important example of the performance practice of his own time.

Bach’s REQUIEM is a reworking of masterworks from his life to which sacred texts have been carefully added. 

Conceived as a solemn Missa pro defunctis, it spans his career from the early cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 4) through his realization of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s Missa sine nomine a 6 for six instruments and Thoroughbass, to his final works A MUSICAL OFFERING and THE ART OF THE FUGUE, Instrumenta Musica and Ensemble Polyharmonique will present a [new] polyphonic aspect of the great composer, whose works have been so valuable in the development of classical music. The simultaneity of past, present, and future in his music grants us a view of eternity.

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