Music Notes

Join Rutgers Protestant Campus Ministries’ Trinity House Bach Society on Sunday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in our sanctuary when we will present Johann Sebastian Bach’s celebrated cantata, Schmücke dich, dich, o liebe Seele (“Deck Thyself, my Soul, with Gladness”) BWV 180 to the community of New Brunswick. We continue the tradition of sharing classical music with the community that is related to our faith at Trinity House for the third year. In the past, The Trinity House Bach Society has presented works by Palestrina, Schubert, and of course, Bach. The concert series is funded and provided by RPCM to share the joy of sacred classical music with the Greater New Brunswick area.

Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, Cantata 180, was presented in Leipzig on October 22, 1724 to a pietistic Lutheran congregation steeped in the tradition of the Reformation. It is one of a series of cantatas that Bach wrote to celebrate the particular purpose of each Sunday in the liturgical year. The content of the hymn that is featured in BWV 180 is about Communion, our ancient ritual of sharing bread and wine. The hymn by the same name was written by Johann Franck in 1649. It is still sung today in many Lutheran and Reformed Churches, even in America.

Bring your taste for Bach and join me and other Rutgers students as we worship with the sacred music of the 18th century.

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