25 Aug 2016

Curtain Raiser: Bach - Magnificat

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The first page of the Magnificat manuscript.

The first page of the Magnificat manuscript. Photo: PD

 

In May 1723, Johann Sebastian Bach took up his position as Director of Music at St Thomas's Church in Leipzig.

For his first Christmas there he decided to write a lavish, impressive and joyful setting of the Latin 'Magnificat'.

Indra Hughes presents a brief introduction to this glorious music.

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