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Organ Recital

  • St Marylebone Parish Church London NW1 5LT (map)

Music for Advent and Christmas by Johann Sebastian Bach and Dietrich Buxtehude

Toccata in D minor “Dorian”, BWV 538i

Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, BuxWV 183

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 660
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam, BWV 684

Fuga sopra il Magnificat, BWV 733

Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV 605
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV 604
Von Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, BWV 606

In dulci jubilo, BuxWV 197
Praeludium in D, BuxWV 139
In dulci jubilo, BWV 729


Ben Horden organ


This programme traces the journey from Advent to Christmas in the Church’s calendar. Bach and Buxtehude guide us through the four Sundays of Advent, following themes of fall and redemption, the prophecy of John the Baptist, the anticipation of the coming of The Saviour, and Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Three chorale preludes (BWV 605, 604, 606) mark the transition into the Christmas season before the final group of three pieces herald the coming of The Saviour with suitable jubilation. – ‘Alpha es et O!’

Earlier Event: December 1
Handel: Messiah
Later Event: December 8
A quintessential English Christmas