We like to think of the Bach, the Universe & Everything series as a community, similar to the one Bach enjoyed in Leipzig where he produced innovative music at an extraordinary rate for the weekly services at the church where he worked from 1723 until his death in 1750. Back then, the congregation was as open to science and new ideas as it was brought together by faith. It is in that spirit that we present these thought-provoking cantatas paired with a talk from some of the greatest minds of our time.
Bach on the Brain: Exploring the Brain Dynamics of Music
This cantata is a dialogue between fear (reinforced by the alto) and hope (that’s the tenor); a fitting accompaniment to a talk about the different thoughts and feelings that music can evoke.
How does music communicate meaning, and how does the brain process its patterns...
This cantata sets a modest tone for the morning. Bach focuses his listeners on life as it is now; we should be content with our lot and ‘that which God has allocated to us’, not longing for more in future, nor regretting the past when our end comes.