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Christmas Oratorio in Tokyo Beverly Hills

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Took place 1 month ago
Sun 03 Dec 11:45 - 16:00

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Tokyo Music Lovers member had enjoyed an extremely outstanding and impressive Oratorio Ensemble Concert on 20th October performed by Senzoku Gakuen Music of College Chorus course students. It was on Friday’s evening and rainy, thus only 5 members could attend it unfortunately. This time, the stage will be on Sunday and the concert venue shall be Denen-chofu church. Dene-chofu (Tokyo Chofu city is completely different place) is known as the richest residential area in Tokyo Metropolitan City, only 10~15 mins from Tokyu Shibuya Station).

Denenchofu is chosen to live as residence of Big company's CEO and famous actors, real Celebrities(not only trendy famous people),etc. So the area has elegant atmosphere, the people respect tranquility, manner to be.

Players Senzoku Gakuen Music of College – Vocal Music Course students 
J.S. Bach <Herz und Mund Tat und Leben> Kantate zum Fest Mariae Heimsuchung, BWV147
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Christmas Song Medley

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Time Schedule
11:45 Meeting time
12:00 Branch and Café time
13:15 Move to the Church, via Denen Chofu Station
13:30 Door Open
14:00 Concert Starts15:45 Concert Close
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Meeting Place – Denen Chofu Station, Ground level Ticket gate outside (same as above)
13:15 Meeting time
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Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147

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Johann Sebastian Bach composed the church cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (Heart and mouth and deed and life), BWV 147, in Protected content his first year as Thomaskantor, the director of church music in Leipzig. His cantata is part of his first cantata cycle there and was written for the Marian feast of the Visitation on 2 July, which commemorates Mary's visit to Elizabeth as narrated in the Gospel of Luke in the prescribed reading for the feast day. Bach based the music on his earlier cantata BWV 147a, written originally in Weimar in Protected content Advent. He expanded the Advent cantata in six movements to ten movements in two parts in the new work. While the text of the Advent cantata was written by the Weimar court poet Salomo Franck, the librettist of the adapted version who added several recitatives is anonymous.

Bach began the cantata with a chorus for the full orchestra, followed by alternating recitatives and arias with often obbligato instrument. He scored it for four vocal soloists, a four-part choir, and a Baroque instrumental ensemble of trumpet, two oboes, strings, and continuo. The closing chorale of the earlier work was replaced by the hymn "Jesu, meiner Seelen Wonne" Protected content Martin Janus, with a melody by Johann Schop. Two of its stanzas close the two parts of the cantata in an identical setting. While Bach often composed four-part chorales to end a cantata, he embedded such a setting here in a pastoral instrumental concerto. This music became famous in a piano transcription by Dame Myra Hessas Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring.
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Christmas Oratorio
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The Christmas Oratorio (German: Weihnachts-Oratorium), BWV 248, is an oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach intended for performance in church during the Christmas season. It was written for the Christmas season of Protected content incorporates music from earlier compositions, including three secular cantatas written during Protected content Protected content a now lost church cantata, BWV 248a. The date is confirmed in Bach's autograph manuscript. The next performance was not until 17 December Protected content the Sing-Akademie zu Berlinunder Eduard Grell. The Christmas Oratorio is a particularly sophisticated example of parody music. The author of the text is unknown, although a likely collaborator was Christian Friedrich Henrici (Picander).

The work belongs to a group of three oratorios written towards the end of Bach's career in Protected content Protected content major feasts, the others being the Ascension Oratorio (BWV Protected content the Easter Oratorio(BWV Protected content . All parody earlier compositions, although the Christmas Oratorio is by far the longest and most complex work.

The oratorio is in six parts, each part being intended for performance on one of the major feast days of the Christmas period. The piece is often presented as a whole or split into two equal parts. The total running time for the entire work is nearly three hours.
The first part (for Christmas Day) describes the Birth of Jesus, the second (for December Protected content annunciation to the shepherds, the third (for December Protected content adoration of the shepherds, the fourth (for New Year's Day) the circumcision and naming of Jesus, the fifth (for the first Sunday after New Year) the journey of the Magi, and the sixth (for Epiphany) the adoration of the Magi.

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