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Glory and Power: Divine and Earthly Kings

San Francisco Bach Choir

San Francisco Bach Choir Glory and Power: Divine and Earthly Kings

Trumpets and timpani resound in our opening concert!

G. F. Handel Coronation Anthems
The King Shall Rejoice
Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened

J.S. Bach Cantata BWV 21, Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis

Handel’s sparkling Coronation Anthems were written for the crowning of King George II in Westminster Abbey in 1727 and have been played at every British coronation since. With their glittering, triumphant fanfares, these jubilant pieces celebrate the pomp, ceremony, and grandeur of this royal event.

By contrast, Cantata 21 (“I was much afflicted”) explores the profound transformation of the lost soul from darkness and alienation through redemption to the ultimate light of salvation. Described by John Eliot Gardiner as “one of the most extraordinary and inspired of Bach's vocal works,” the composer illustrates the glory of the divine kingdom by unleashing trumpets and drums in a brilliant and celebratory final chorus.

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Program

G.F. Handel

Coronation Anthems

J.S. Bach

Cantata BWV 21, Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis

Performers

Magen Solomon

Conductor