A rediscovered classic performed
Several Dana School of Music ensembles, soloists and guest musicians will combine to present the modern premiere of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s “Passion According to St. Luke” on Monday at Trinity United Methodist Church.
The music, last presented in 1775, went missing during the final years of World War II along with all of the ”Passions” by Bach, a son of Johann Sebastian Bach. The works were not fully recovered until 2001, and Randall Goldberg, an assistant professor at the Dana School of Music, worked on editing the score with Daniel Melamed, a professor of music at Indiana University, when Goldberg was a student there.
“He like my work enough that he asked me to work on this volume,” Goldberg said.
Bach was adapting music by his friend, Gottfried August Homilius, for this “Passion,” and the editing process involved following Bach’s notes on the score.
“He would say take the music on this page and use it here but with a different set of words or take this piece but transpose it to a different key and cut off the first few notes,” Goldberg said.
The result is a piece that is closer to the style of his father’s work.
“Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach had a very different career, much less music for the church and much more for home settings, keyboard music and chamber music,” Goldberg said. “A lot of it is very playful and innovative.”
Monday’s concert has been in the planning stages since last summer, and the concert was planned for 2014 to coincide with the 300th anniversary of C.P.E. Bach’s birth and the 145th anniversary of the Dana School of Music.
The concert will feature the Dana Chorale and University Chorus, Dana faculty and students and guest artists conducted by Hae-Jong Lee as well as the Trinity United Methodist Church Choir.
Soloists include: Corey Shotwell, tenor; Jason Budd, bass; Elena Mullins, soprano; Max Pivik, bass; and Rachael Pavloski, alto.
They will be accompanied by more than 20 musicians in an orchestra made up of Dana faculty and students and guests.
“I don’t know if it’s 100 (people total), but it’s a lot, much much more than Bach would have had,” Goldberg said.
The concert starts at 8 p.m. Monday at the church, 30 W. Front St., Youngs-town. Goldberg will give a pre-concert lecture at 7:15 p.m. on the context and history of Bach’s “Passions,” and an exhibition of 18th Century scores and books from the collection of Walter Mayhall and Marcellene Hawk will be on display in the church’s foyer.
A reception sponsored by WYSU-FM will immediately follow the concert at V2, 100 W. Federal St., Youngstown, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
Admission to the lecture, concert, exhibit and reception is free, although donations will be accepted. For more information, call the Dana School of Music at 330-941-3636.