Odyssey: Johann Sebastian Bach's Organ Chorale Prelude

Bach's chorale preludes went far beyond the practical function of introducing a hymn tune. They were models of various compositional styles and musical sermons on the theology of the hymn text. In this course we put the chorale prelude in the context of the worship service of Bach's time to better understand its function in the liturgy and its role in the hymn singing tradition of the day. Class time will be devoted to studying the chronology of Bach's chorale prelude collections, understanding the many types of chorale preludes, and exploring musical symbolism as a tool for expressing Lutheran theology and faith. The sessions will utilize recordings, live performance, facsimiles from hymnals of Bach's time, score study, and some "congregational" singing.

912.542.91 Christ Lutheran Church Lectures and performance demonstration: Tuesdays, Sept. 29 to Oct. 13, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Cost: $72

JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80 percent discount. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. Contact 410-516-8516 for more details.