Singing Bach: Musical Offering
Johann Sebastian Bach's "Musical Offering" adjusted for vocal interpretation. More
Collection of canons „Musikalisches Öpfer“ was made on request from the Prussian king Friedrich II. Emperor, who gave the theme to the J.S. Bach during his visit to court in Postdam in 1738. and asked Bach to process the theme in a typically baroque way. Circumstances in those days were in Bach’s favour. Western Germany and Austria were under the influence of the new Rococo style, but in Prussia, baroque style was appreciated, and Bach was celebrated as a recognized composer. Allegedly, Bach liked the theme so much that he immediately composed six short and ten long canons in just a few hours. Those sixteen canons show Bach's ingenuity and maturity in imitation. Canons have two or three vocals, always with the same theme.