Bach and Brahms Concert
Sopranos Cheryl Clark Donna Dart Dea Ann Eaton Joan Fuelle Regina Harkins Bev Herrig Marsha Miller Lillian Murphy Connie Wieck Priscilla Wieck Altos Janis Clark Amanda Dowell Jo Eglen Diana Joslin Lisa Miller Tenors Rich Dowell Don Richards Basses Peter Bruning John Daniel John Gallagher Chris Heap Dave Lloyd Boice McCain Darrell Swarens Curt Winkle
Among the many impressive features of this motet, two stand out. Firstly, a very unusual vocal texture, transparent for most of the time but occasionally extremely dense, is produced by the rich harmonic basis Bach gives to the intricate counterpoint of the main movements (nos. 2, 6 and 10) and by the superb linear progression he gives to the inner voices in even the simplest of the chorale harmonisations. Then, unlike the chain of loosely connected movements characteristic of the Leipzig cantatas he was writing at the same time (with their pattern of opening chorus, recitative, aria and chorale), Bach's plan of this motet required that the various sections should be closely linked and arranged symmetrically. The chiastic structure of the work can most easily be expressed diagrammatically (see below).
I. Jesu my joy Delight of my heart, Jesu, my inspiration; O how much longer Must my heart be in anguish And long for Thee ! Lamb of God, my chosen one Nothing on this earth Can so win our devotion II. There is therefore now no condemnation to them Which are in Jesus Christ, who walk not after the Flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans VIII.1) III. Under Thy protection From the raging of the enemy I am ever free. Though satan finds me And evil shall oppress me Jesus is at my side! Through life's storms and strife From sin and hell, Jesus will protect me. IV. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and Death (Romans VIII. 2) V. I spurn the evil one, The jaws of death And all my fears, Though the world may rage and roar I stand here and sing In such secure peace! God's might protects me: Earth and hell are mute, Their turmoil silenced. VI. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be That the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man Have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (Romans VIII. 9) VII. Hence all earthly splendour, Thou art my treasure Jesu, my delight! Hence fleeting pleasures, I do not hear your voice, Leave me unmolested! Distress, need, the cross, insult and death I will gladly suffer So long as Jesus does not desert me. VIII. If Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; But the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (Romans VIII. 10) IX. Farewell o earthly existence What the world has to offer No longer tempts me! Farewell sin, Stay from me, Approach me no more! Farewell pride and pomp. To all wickedness I bid farewell! X. But if' the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from The dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ From the dead shall also quicken your mortal Bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. (Romans VIII. 11) XI. Go from me, o grief, For my joy and master, Jesus, is here. All that love God Find their sorrow Turned to sweetest joy. Scorn and derision are endured, In my suffering Thou art Jesus, my joy!
Alto Rhapsody Text But off apart there, who is that? His path gets lost in the brush; behind him the branches close again, the grass stands straight again, the solitude swallows him up. Ah, who can heal the pain of one to whom balsam became poison? Who has drunk misanthropy from the fullness of love? First despised, now despising, he secretly wastes his own worth in unsatisfying egoism. If there is in your Psalter, Father of Love, a single tone perceptible to his ear, then revive his heart! Open his cloud-covered sight onto the thousand fountains beside the thirsting soul in the desert. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
Peggy Balensuela Mezzo soprano Peggy Balensuela is an Associate Professor of Voice at Indiana State University. An active recitalist and concert soloist, recent engagements have included Messiahs in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Michigan City, Indiana, and Boise, Idaho; a Vivaldi Gloria in Danville, Illinois; a Verdi Requiem at Depauw University in Greencastle, Indiana; a tour of the Midwest with the Chicago-based early music group Ars musica Chicago; as well as many appearances in the Terre Haute area. Dr. Balensuela has been a two-time recipient of the artist/fellowships to the Bach Aria Festival and Institute in Stony Brook, New York, and a three-time winner of fellowships to the Aspen Summer Music Festival. Upcoming performances include a solo recital at ISU in September 1997 and an engagement as soloist with the Amarillo, Texas Philharmonic in a performance of the Brahms Alto Rhapsody.
Tenor I Alan Alder Doug Champion Alan Jacobs Scott Jackson Jason Weidner Tenor II Jeremy Baugh Jason Dick Paul Ellison James Hilton Joesph Howard Alex Lewis Warren Weitkamp Bass I Matt Altizer Vince Antrim Mike Daniels Paul Ellison Brandon Kirby Bill Leschorn Chad Miller Joseph Rayes Matt Shepperd Michael Trexler Matthew Weatherly Bryan Wooden Bass II Stephen Beebe Arthur Crippen John Koenig III Cain Hall Ewe Hanson Bryan Pagdett John Pinson Kenton Saylor Chris Wood