Playlist for 11th December – Advent Cantatas by Bach
Written by marksmith on December 10, 2011
I think that we all know that Advent is the time of year leading up to Christmas, which is probably best known to children through the ever popular advent calendar. But advent is actually a very specific period in the liturgical calendars it is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and commences on Advent Sunday, which is the 4th Sunday before Christmas, This year Advent Sunday fell on the 27th of November, which makes this Sunday the 3rd Sunday in Advent. Obviously Advent is closely associated with Christmas as the next period in the liturgical calendar is Christmastide and the word Advent derives from the Latin word adventus meaning "coming". So todays show is given over to 2 works that had their genesis in Advent, both of them by J S Bach.
Bach – Cantata BWV 186 – Argre dich, o Seele, nicht
Bach – Cantata BWV 147 – Herz un Mund und Tat und Leben