Bach and the Baroque

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by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 30 May, 2012

This day in 1723 marked the debut of J. S. Bach as Cantor at Leipzig’s Thomasschule, with his first cantata performance in Leipzig, presented at Nikolaikirche (St. Nicolai Church).

The work performed was the Cantata No. 75, Die Elenden sollen essen. He was officially inducted as Cantor the following day, at the same time becoming Director of Music at the city’s principal churches, the Nikolaikirche and the Paulinerkirche (the church of the University of Leipzig).

On our Main Stream today, we present a programme of music by Bach and his Baroque contemporaries, with a wide selection of music from composers of the era.

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. You can listen to the programme in‐world at the appointed time at, or simply click here to start your player, if your browser is configured to do so. Listeners in the United States are encouraged to tune in using this link:


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