Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Friday, January 31, 2014

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Nick Halley Sunday, February 2, 2014: 9:05 - 10:00 am, (9:35 - 10:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Bach and the people who egged him on...

Do you have someone you always compare yourself to? Someone who does what you do, but somehow seems to do it so well that they inspire you to push yourself further?

Well, in the world of musicians almost everyone has this competitive muse…and for J.S. Bach perhaps Handel fell into this category. There was a healthy competition going on between these two great composers who lived in different countries at just about exactly the same time.

Because while Handel’s biblical oratorios were all the rage in London, Bach was doing something very similar in Liepzig—churning out his vast output of Church cantatas. So even though they didn’t actually ever meet face to face, it’s a safe assumption they were keeping pretty good tabs on each other.

This week on Choral Concert Nick Halley will bring you a whole slate of composers that had a healthy influence on Bach, including the great Handel, Johan Eckhard and Marc Antoine Charpentier.

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