A Bach's Birthday Celebration
James Kennerley, organ
Saint Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church, Blue Hill
According to contemporary accounts, Johann Sebastian Bach was able to play music with his two feet that many musicians struggled to do with their ten fingers. Born on March 21, 1685, Bach’s music has captured the minds of audiences for generations ever since. His organ music, in particular, has held a tremendous sway over listeners and performers alike. This is truly music that delights the spirit and nourishes the soul.
The concert concludes with the Prelude and Fugue in G major, which was probably written during Bach’s Weimar period (1708-1717). As such, it stands as a relatively early attempt at writing an extended organ work. It brims with energy from beginning to end and demonstrates clear influences from Bach’s mentor, Dietrich Buxtehude, and the Northern European stylus fantasticus.