Monday, February 17, 2014

J. S. Bach: Cantata 106, Gottes Zeit Ist Die Allerbeste Zeit (In Memoriam Robert B. Lynn)

Follow this link to the YouTube video to view the text of the cantata.

I remember performing this funeral cantata, written early in Bach's career, under the baton of Dr. Lynn; Paul Mott and I played the pair of recorders. Those were the days. I was young (relatively speaking); Paul was younger still; Dr. Lynn was younger then than I am now.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, recorder was frequently used in sacred cantatas to refer to heaven, sometimes to the ascent to heaven. It was either that, or a pastoral reference in secular cantatas, shepherds charming shepherdesses with their "tuneful flute," etc. So we always got the good parts.

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