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Paul Jacobs

Organ Recital

Sun / Apr 16, 2023 - 7:30PM

Heralded as “one of the major musicians of our time” by The New Yorker, Jacobs will transfix audiences in music by Bach.

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About this Performance

While employed at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig at the end of the 1720s, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) gathered several of his preexisting organ works and organ transcriptions of older instrumental compositions and put them with some newly written movements to submit for publication. This collection became six three-movement “organ sonatas.” With right and left hands each given a distinct, imitative voice supported by a basso continuo in the pedals, the exuberant, virtuosic works reflect the importance of trio sonatas in the Baroque era and the way distinct voices can create musical dialogues. In this case, with only the organist playing, a dazzling monologue ensues. By playing all six of these organ sonatas together in one program, organist Paul Jacobs invites the listener to experience subtleties of a sophisticated musical language demonstrated by the careful positioning of phrases, sequencing, ornaments, fugal imitation, and invertible counterpoint.

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