Bach and Theology: Was Bach and his music anti-Semitic or anti-Judaic?
Baroque composer primus inter pares J.S. Bach was a man of the deep and profound Christian faith. He believed the chief aim of music is to glorify God. Bach would write on his musical manuscripts: SDG, Soli Deo Gloria – To God Alone the Glory, and JJ, Jesu Juva – Jesus Help. The topic of…
Allegri’s Miserere mei, Deus
Here is Renaissance composer Gregorio Allegri’s masterpiece of vocal harmony and polyphony Miserere mei, Deus. This chant is performed by the British group, the Tenebrae Choir – conducted by Nigel Short. Chants are performed acapella – only the human voice is used, no instruments. Tenebrae gives a breathtaking performance with amazing pitch, clarity of voices,…