J. S. Bach: Jesu, meine Freude

Written by Michael Barrett

Associate Artistic Director, NYFOS

In category: Song of the Day

Published January 4, 2018

Jesu, meine Freude. Jesus, my Joy. Johann Sebastian Bach. It’s fair to say that classical musicians agree that Bach at the very top of creative geniuses. His music seems in a class by itself. And he wrote lots and lots of music. It seemed to just pour out of him. I’m amazed at how personal his music sounds to me. It’s full of emotional feeling, belief, hope, and tragedy. On a snowy day like this, when I hope to stay in, listening to Bach is like having a private religious ceremony. This is a church I actually want to attend. I don’t mind if Jesus is the subject. If Jesus is listening, it isn’t to hear the sound of his name over and over. I think he just loves the music. Here are the first three parts of Jesu, mine Freude in a beautiful performance.

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Michael Barrett is the co-founder and associate artistic director of New York Festival of Song, as well as the co-founder and music director of the Moab Music Festival in Utah. A conductor and a pianist, Michael was a protégé of Leonard Bernstein and serves as music advisor to the Leonard Bernstein Estate.


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