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Notes on BWV 150

Probably the earliest surviving cantata we have, BWV 150 was likely given in Arnstadt sometime around 1706-07. Written after Bach’s famous journey to Lübeck (a distance of over 200 km – which he covered on foot!) to hear the legendary organist, composer and scholar Dietrich Buxtehude, this cantata might represent the young Bach as he absorbed and internalized the techniques and ideas learned from the venerable old master.

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On Smetana, Bartok and Tchaikovsky

Folklore, Village Life and Nationalism in the Modern World

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