Post by MusicLover
I have some knowledge of Bach, but mostly about his keyboard works. I
want to introduce a friend to Bach's most gorgeous choral piece(s). I
know that the "Qui Tollis Peccata" & "Kyrie Eleison" from his Mass in
B minor are lovely, but am sure that there are even more extraordinary
works that I'm not familiar with.
1) ethereal, heavenly
2) exceptionally beautiful melody (such as "Jesu Joy of Man's Desire")
or, any combination of the above qualities.
These can be either with choir alone, or with choir plus additional
instrumentation (orchestra, organ, etc.).
I want my friend to say "WOW!" after hearing Papa Bach at his choral
Thanks very much for all suggestions.
A number of choruses from the Mass in B Minor qualify as among Bach's
greatest movements, more so in my opinion than the opening Kyrie
Eleison. Please try 'Gloria In Excelsis Deo' from the Gloria section,
which is immediately followed by 'Et in terra pax hominibus bonae
voluntatis.' in one of the greatest one-two punch knockouts in music
history. The whole series of choruses which surround the crucifixion
movement 'Crucifixus' on either side are sublime as a set. A great
favorite of mine for many years has been the movement just at the
middle of the Mass, ending the first half, 'Cum Sancto Spiritu' which
I believe is one of Bach's most towering accomplishments, a use of
very complex polyphony in a driving piece of great emotion and power,
climaxed by a triplet figure in the high trumpet that still gives me
goose bumps after 55 years. The Mass in B Minor in general is too
overlooked by Bach fans and contains a first rate feast of the
Master's greatest choruses in general. A reason for its overlooking is
that not all the arias are of first quality and bog it down a little.
Skip the arias if you will but listen to every chorus. You will not
find much greater Bach, period.