The Birth of John the Baptist by Artemisia Gentileschi, between 1633 and 1635. Archive of the Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain (not on view).

Weekly cantata has been more of a “Monthly cantata” since my last blog post from May 27, and it will stay like that probably until September because of me needing vacation time with my family now and then doing some work on this website later in the summer, to make it easier to use for everyone. I will be back to weekly posts sometime in September, 2018.

Talking about months: On June 1724 the Catholic church celebrates the birth of St. John the Baptist, exactly six months before the birth of Christ. Luther kept this feast day on the calendar for the Lutheran church. This means that for today, I can refer you to several blog posts about St. John’s Day, as well as those for the 4th Sunday after Trinity. Here they are:

Cantata 185 Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe from Weimar, 1715 and Cantata 24 Ein ungefärbt Gemüte from Leipzig, 1723 (Both for Trinity 4). If you would like to keep reading and listening on a weekly basis, you can pick up the Leipzig special 1723 Trinity series I wrote in 2016 with this blog post.

Cantata 167 Ihr Menschen, rühmet Gottes Liebe from Leipzig, 1723 (St. John’s Day)

Cantata 7 Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam from Leipzig, 1724 (St. John’s Day)

In 1724, the 4th Sunday after Trinity  fell on the same day as the feast of the Visitation of Mary, for which Bach wrote Cantata 10 Meine Seel erhebt den Herren. If you would like to keep reading and listening on a weekly basis, you can pick up the 1724/1725 chorale cantata cycle I wrote in 2017 with this blog post.

Happy reading and listening, and have a great summer!

Wieneke Gorter, June 24, 2018.