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Fürchte dich nicht, by Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703)

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Uploaded on Jun 7, 2011

Quire Cleveland with guest conductor Scott Metcalfe
St. John's Cathedral, Cleveland, April 13, 2011
Of the earlier members of the Bach family before J. S. Bach, perhaps the best known is Johann Christoph (1642--1703), who worked mainly in Arnstadt and Eisenach. In fact, J. S. Bach's obituary stated that Christoph "was as good at inventing beautiful thoughts as he was at expressing words," and his "Fürchte dich nicht" helps to reveal why he achieved that reputation. The lower voices present a partially invented speech of Jesus on the cross, while the sopranos independently declaim a devotional prayer. The insistent repetitions in the chorus against the poignant prayer of the sopranos is tremendously affective.

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