BFO in the community – Church concerts
About the program
“Music should belong to everyone” The original meaning of Zoltán Kodály’s much quoted statement, which is often taken out of context, is nearly lost. “Music Belongs to Everyone” is also the title of a compilation of his theoretical writings published in 1954. The quotation that so succinctly summarises the objectives of Kodályian musical education is also an excellent description of the philosophy and community programmes of Budapest Festival Orchestra. Similarly to other leading symphonic orchestras around the world, the ensemble is committed to the education of its young audience and bringing its music to those who have little or no opportunity to attend its concerts. That ambition reached a new milestone in the last season. During the community week in June 2014, the globally acclaimed orchestra embarked on a new path to forging closer ties with its audience. The Budapest Festival Orchestra is now continuing on that path by visiting venues including churches across Hungary to make predominantly ecclesiastical music available in an authentic setting to audiences who only have limited access to concerts.
These concerts are intended to foster the long-standing ecclesiastical music tradition by bringing Bach’s music to the most fitting venues. The historical musical performances of Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra date back a long time. The establishment of the Baroque Ensemble of the Budapest Festival Orchestra called for the launch of a project to perform pieces by Bach in churches using contemporary Baroque instruments and techniques. In the first community week, the Budapest Festival Orchestra’s musicians gave concerts in three churches. Now the hugely successful initiative will continue.
This time, the church concerts will open with Bach’s cantata Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht (BWV 55), which was first performed on 17 November 1726, Bach’s fourth year in Leipzig, at the 22nd Sunday mass following Trinity, and is Bach’s only cantata for tenor solo. The poet of the cantata text is unknown.
The next piece, Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067, is undoubtedly one of the most popular compositions in music history. It is thought to have been composed around 1721 in Köthen, though other sources suggest a later date, during the composer’s time in Leipzig.
The concert will conclude with the cantata Es reisset euch ein schrecklich Ende (BWV 90), which Bach first performed in November 1723 in Leipzig.
The admission to the concert is free. Registration: