“Bach and Friends” The next Bach’s Lunch concert at Saints James and Andrew will consist of music by Johann Sebastian Bach and three composers, Dietrich Buxtehude, François Couperin, and Antonio Vivaldi, who played an important role in Bach’s musical education. Perhaps more than any other musician, Bach is known to have meticulously studied the works of other great composers, attaining a complete understanding of not only the techniques of individual composers but also the defining characteristics of national styles, particularly those of Italy, France, and Germany. The concert will take place on Wednesday, April 26 at 12:15 PM at Saints James and Andrew, performed by organist Joseph DiMarino.
Dietrich Buxtehude was one of the leading composers in Germany during the second half of the 17th century. In 1705 Bach made what would be the longest journey of his life (280 miles each way, on foot) to visit Buxtehude in Lübeck. Bach stayed there for four months, studying with the old master. François Couperin was considered to be France’s greatest musician and was one of the most celebrated composers in Europe during the first part of the 18th century. Although he and Bach never met in person they shared a lengthy correspondence that probably continued for more than two decades until Couperin’s death in 1733. Couperin most likely sent Bach copies of his published music, some of which Bach copied by hand for his students. Antonio Vivaldi’s music had become extremely popular throughout Europe by around 1710. Bach studied Vivaldi’s music, arranging about a dozen concertos for keyboard instruments. This concert will include a Vivaldi concerto for violin and orchestra arranged for solo organ by Bach’s cousin and close friend, Johann Walther..
Joseph DiMarino Currently the organist and choir director at Saints James and Andrew, Joseph previously served at Arlington Street Church in Boston and Our Lady of the Annunciation Melkite Cathedral in Boston. While in high school he began his study of harpsichord through the Young Artist Program, then at Boston University. Later, he studied organ and harpsichord at Trinity College (Hartford) and the Eastman School of Music.
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