Working on a beautiful Bach cantata today in the practise room for programmes in Wollongong and Sydney this year with @jackiewardmusic and #FionaLoader
This final aria from the ‘Ich habe genug’ (I have enough) Cantata is extremely dramatic and depicts the story of Simeon according to Luke.
The final aria is entitled ‘Ich freue mich meinen Tod’ (I look forward to my death). Simeon eagerly awaits his death after experiencing a revelation from the Holy Ghost that he shall not see death before he had seen the Lord Christ. Simeon has achieved salvation and asks to depart from this world in peace.
The work contains gorgeous harmonisations and word painting, lush textures and stunning oboe lines that wash over the listener.
Gospel: Luke 2: 22-32 Simeon prophesies of Christ  And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;  (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)  And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.  And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.  And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.  And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,  Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,  Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:  For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,  Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;  A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
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