I'm starting a new weekly feature for this blog today. For the past several years I've been posting one of Bach's liturgical cantatas on my Facebook timeline every Sunday. The idea comes from the late, great WGBH radio host Robert J. Lurtsema, who played a cantata every Sunday morning on his Morning Pro Musica show. Robert J played them in numerical order according to BWV number; after he passed away his successor, Brian McCreath, continued the tradition but played them according to which Sunday in the Lutheran liturgical calendar it was. This order has always made more sense to me, and that's how I've been posting the cantatas on Facebook. And now I've decided to expand that tradition to this blog. Each Sunday I'll post the correct cantata for that day, along with something from my photos.
Today is the first Sunday after the Feast of the Epiphany, and Bach composed three cantatas for that day. I chose BWV 124, "Meinen Jesum laß ich nicht". I'm partial to Bach's chorale cantatas, and this is one of his best.
Photo © 2016 by A. Roy Hilbinger