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The Melbourne Chamber Choir, founded by Faye Dumont more than 30 years ago, continues to be a leading contributor to the Melbourne choral scene. It is a small four-part
choir (SATB) that performs works from across the musical ages, from Medieval to contemporary times and in many languages. In addition, a charter of the choir is to showcase new
In the Choir’s distinguished history it has performed with the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and the percussion ensemble Synergy. It has shared concerts with the Blessed Sacrament Basilica of
Christchurch, New Zealand, the North Arizona University Choir and the Corinthian Singers of Adelaide. It provided the southern continent choral music for the Opening of the
2013 marked a significant new phase in our history with the arrival of a new Music Director, Dr. David Kram. David comes to the choir with many years of international conducting experience. He is also an educator, pianist, music arranger and composer, and Senior
Fellow of the University of Melbourne.
Our first performance of J.S. Bach’s famous ‘Weihnachts-Oratorium’ (Christmas Oratorio) in the German Lutheran Trinity Church East Melbourne in 2014 was a resounding
success, encouraging us to move this year’s performance to the more spacious Toorak
The Australian Bach Society Inc. was founded in November 2011 as an initiative of the German
Lutheran Trinity Church East Melbourne.
Australian Bach Society
in association with
Toorak Uniting Church
J. S. Bach ‘Weihnachts-Oratorium (Christmas Oratorio)’
Our mission is to cultivate and disseminate a local appreciation of the music of J.S. Bach, his family
and contemporaries, as well as sacred/classical music in general by arranging performances, lectures
and other activities.
Melbourne Chamber Choir, Orchestra (leader: Aaron Barnden)
and outstanding soloists Robert Macfarlane (tenor, visiting from Leipzig),
Donations: The Australian Bach Society Donations Fund was established to provide support in
meeting our Objectives. Donations of $2 and over are tax-deductible. Please give generously!
Lisa-Anne Robinson (soprano), Selena Pettifer (alto) and Antony Ransome (bass)
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Australian Bach Society Inc.
22 Parliament Place East Melbourne VIC 3002
Conducted by: Dr. David Kram
Saturday 5 December 2015, 6:00—8:30 pm
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Toorak Uniting Church 603 Toorak Rd Toorak 3142
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J.S. Bach ‚Weihnachts-Oratorium‘
J.S. Bach ‘Weihnachtsoratorium’ (Christmas Oratorio) BWV 248 was
given its first complete performance at Christmastime 1734/35 at St. Nicholas in Leipzig. The next performance was not until 17 December 1857 in Berlin. Today it is one of the essentials on the Christmas concert calendar in
Some of the melodies were no doubt familiar to churchgoers, seeing that
Bach drew upon his earlier works for musical material to fill his six Christmas
Oratorio cantatas. The practice was frequent during his time, however, and
was not looked down upon. The six separate, large-scale but related parts of
the Oratorio tell the Nativity story through texts of the apostles Matthew and
Luke, as well as through traditional or newly written texts. Bach is credited
with shaping the text and selecting the Biblical passages in such a way that the
work unfolds logically. This gives the piece a musically dramatic and compelling textual unity that ensures its timeless appeal.
Today’s performance by the Melbourne Chamber Choir has been adapted
by its Music Director Dr. David Kram focusing on the essential Christmas
story. Children of the German Lutheran Trinity Church will be reading the
well-known biblical texts. And the audience is invited to join in singing three
Please enjoy this festive piece of music …
German Church Melbourne, 2014
Libretto Leipzig 1734
Cantata for the First Day of Christmas
Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage,
Rühmet, was heute der Höchste getan!
Lasset das Zagen, verbannet die Klage,
Stimmet voll Jauchzen und Fröhlichkeit an!
Celebrate, rejoice, rise up and praise
glorify what the Highest has done
Abandon despair, banish laments,
sound forth full of delight and happiness!
Es begab sich aber zu der Zeit, daß ein Gebot von dem
Kaiser Augusto ausging, daß alle Welt geschätzet
würde. Und jedermann ging, daß er sich schätzen ließe,
ein jeglicher in seine Stadt. Da machte sich auch auf
Joseph aus Galiläa, aus der Stadt Nazareth, in das
jüdische Land zur Stadt David, die da heißet
Bethlehem; darum, daß er von dem Hause und
Geschlechte David war: auf daß er sich schätzen ließe
mit Maria, seinem vertrauten Weibe, die war
schwanger. Und als sie daselbst waren, kam die Zeit,
daß sie gebären sollte. (Luke 2:1, 3-6)
3. Rezitativ A
Nun wird mein liebster Bräutigam,
Nun wird der Held aus Davids Stamm
Zum Trost, zum Heil der Erden
Einmal geboren werden.
Nun wird der Stern aus Jakob scheinen,
Sein Strahl bricht schon hervor.
Auf, Zion, und verlasse nun das Weinen,
Dein Wohl steigt hoch empor!
3. Recitative A
Now my dearest Bridegroom,
now the hero from David's branch,
for the comfort, for the salvation of the
will be born at last.
Now the Star out of Jacob will shine,
its light already breaks forth.
Arise, Zion, and give up your weeping
your happiness rises high above you!
4. Arie A
Bereite dich, Zion, mit zärtlichen Trieben,
Den Schönsten, den Liebsten bald bei dir zu
4. Aria A
Prepare yourself, Sion, with tender efforts,
to behold your lovely one, your beloved,
near you soon!
Wie soll ich dich empfangen
Und wie begegn' ich dir?
O aller Welt Verlangen,
O meiner Seelen Zier!
O Jesu, Jesu, setze
Mir selbst die Fackel bei,
Damit, was dich ergötze,
Mir kund und wissend sei!
How shall I embrace You,
and how encounter You?
O desire of the whole world,
O adornment of my soul!
O Jesus, Jesus, place
the torch near me Yourself,
so that what gives You pleasure
be known and familiar to me!
It came to pass at that time, however, that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the
whole world should be appraised. And everyone
went to be appraised, each to his own city. So
Joseph also went out of Galilee, out of the city of
Nazareth, into the Jewish territory to the city of
David, which was called Bethlehem; since he was
of the house and race of David; so that he might
be appraised with Mary, his betrothed wife, who
was pregnant. And while they were there, the time
came for her to deliver.