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German organ mass: J.S. Bach Clavier-Übung III

DATO: 1. November 2017 kl. 18:00–21:00
STED: The Arctic cathedral

As part of the program at TIK (Tromsø International Church Festival), Linde Mothes will play Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Organ Messe” at the magnificent organ from Grönlund organ factory in Sweden. We will listen to music by Johann Sebastian Bach, who wrote it when he was Thomaskantor in Leipzig.

Bach called his organ mass only “Dritter Teil der Clavierübung” (third part of the piano exercise), and it consists of different catechisms and other hymns for the organ. Behind the piano exercises are some of his most outstanding compositions with a lot of symbolism about the religious content.

The organ mass was published in 1739, and the basis is Preludium and Fuge in Ess-dur. The prelude is written as Overture, and the Fugen has three themes that show the Holy Trinity.

The first two corals are kyrie and gloria. Then the processing of the six corals that Martin Luther wrote as the main part of his catechism (ie, the Ten Commandments, The Apostles’ Creed, Our Father, Baptism, Covenant and communion). Then all the compositions form a worship service with preludium, kyrie, gloria, credo, etc.

All of these corals are also found in the Norwegian Church’s tradition. They should be sung by the audience before the organ work is being played.

There will be an introduction of parish priest May Line Angell. Kantor Linde Mothes plays. Mothes has her education as a church musician from Dresden and Weimar (Germany), as well as France (Paris). She has worked as a church musician in Berlin, and as a college lecturer in the organ and choral conducting in Halle and Dresden. She appreciates the diversity of the profession that organ musician brings along, and has played a lot of concerts both in Europe and China. Linde Mothes has also worked as a choir conductor for many years and has performed a number of choir concerts – both a Capella and oratories.

Tickets: NOK 200 (students NOK 100). Tickets will be sold at the entrance. Welcome!