Bach’s Clavier-Übung III (German Organ Mass)

Sunday, June 16 • 7:30 pm
Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church

115 West Seventh Street, Charlotte

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Johann Sebastian BACH | Clavier-Übung III (German Organ Mass)

Jonathan Moyer, organ

General admission: $25
(Note: The organ at St. Peter's is in the rear of the church.)

Jonathan Moyer
The Clavier-Übung III is a collection of compositions for organ by Johann Sebastian Bach, started in 1735–36 and published in 1739. It is considered Bach's most significant and extensive work for organ, containing some of his most musically complex and technically demanding compositions for that instrument. Its use of modal forms, motet-style and canons, hearkens back to the religious music of masters of the stile antico, such as Frescobaldi, Palestrina, and Lotti. But Bach was also forward-looking, and he incorporated and distilled modern baroque musical forms, such as the French-style chorale.

Jonathan Moyer is the David S. Boe Associate Professor of Organ and Chair of the Organ Department at Oberlin College and Conservatory, and is organist of the Church of the Covenant in Cleveland, OH. He has also been a visiting-lecturer in organ at the Hochschule für Musik in Lübeck, Germany. He specializes in a vast repertoire from the renaissance to the 21st century, and has performed throughout the United States, and in Europe and Japan. The Baltimore Sun has described his playing as “ever-expressive, stylish, and riveting.”

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