Odyssey: Worship and the Cantata in J.S. Bach's Leipzig

The performance of a cantata was an important part of the liturgy in Lutheran churches. It was a medium by which to interpret readings from the Scriptures and proclaim the Gospel. In this course we will study Johann Sebastian Bach's sacred Leipzig cantatas and their practical and theological use within the liturgy of his day. We will look at the order of worship in the prominent Lutheran churches, the function and format of a cantata, aspects of theological symbolism within the cantatas, the cantata as sacred opera, and Bach's possible use of secular elements to counterbalance the growing tide of pietism. We will explore these cantatas through musical recordings, facsimiles of librettos and scores, and an optional free concert to hear a cantata performed as part of the Bach in Baltimore concert series.

Tuesday, Sept. 23 and 30, 6:30–8 p.m. 2 lectures, plus free concert: Sun., Oct. 5, 4 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church Cost: $49

JHU full-time faculty and staff members are eligible for 80% tuition remission. Spouse/same-sex domestic partners are eligible for 50% remission. Please be aware you cannot register online and receive the discount.

For more information, contact 410-516-8516.