Fuma Sacra


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Saturday January 16, 2010 8:00 PM - 9:45 PM
The Church of St. Andrew, 81 Swamp Rd, Newtown, PA 18940  (map)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata 199 “Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut”

Cantata 159 “Sehet, wir gehen hinauf gen Jerusalem"

Cantata 22 “Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe”

David Lang little match girl passion

Join Fuma Sacra for an extraordinary evening of music featuring three of Bach’s most moving cantatas and the area premiere of David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning little match girl passion. Bach wrote Cantatas 159 and 22 to prepare his congregation for the spiritual pilgrimage of Lent. Their texts explore themes that would appear again at the end of the season in Bach’s great Passions – and their music shares the Passions’ extraordinary musical inspiration and depth of spiritual understanding.

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize, David Lang’s little match girl passion is a setting of the Hans Christian Andersen’s fable in the format of Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Lang says that he was drawn to the story because “the girl’s present is locked together with the sweetness of her past memories. Her poverty is always suffused with hopefulness. There’s a kind of naïve equilibrium between suffering and hope.” Lang’s minimalist language brings an appropriate icy sparseness to the work, but packs a surprisingly emotional punch: Tim Page, one of the Pulitzer jurors, has written "I don't think I've ever been so moved by a new, and largely unheralded, composition as I was by David Lang's Little Match Girl Passion, which is unlike any music I know" and the LA Times says “There is no name yet for this kind of music.”

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