EASTERN EARLY MUSIC FORUM
Workshop on Bach cantata choruses
Rushmere St. Andrew village hall (near
Tutored by Peter Leech
EITH Briggs is to be complimented on organising a very interesting choral and instrumental workshop. We were fortunate indeed that he obtained Peter Leech to lead it. Peter's direction was clear and effective. His learning was worn lightly, but informed his conducting profoundly. His evident expertise and experience, vocal and instrumental, was a great help to the participants.
THE works studied (sadly we had to leave before the final session) included:
Ich elender Mensch, BWV48
Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt, BWV112
Christ lag in Todes Banden, BWV4
Bleib bei uns, BWV6
Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV61
PETER'S specialist knowledge of Lutheran sermons and of the importance of oratory and rhetoric gave us a better understanding of why Bach's sacred music takes the forms that it does.
Extracted from EEMF Newsletter 62, June 2006