Music for April 17, 2016

thomsonFrom the Music Office: Sunday at 10:30 a.m. the Saint Mark’s Choir sings Johann Michael Bach’s “Ich weiss, dass mein Erlöser lebt” and Virgil Thomson’s beautiful “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need.” Organist Tyler Robertson plays a work by Healey Willan as well as the Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 557, attributed to J. S. Bach (but possibly written by Johann Tobias Krebs, one of J. S. Bach’s students). Join us!

Pictured here is the American composer and critic Virgil Thomson (1896–1989). Born in Kansas City, Thomson studied music at Harvard and in Paris with Nadia Boulanger. He composed in nearly every genre, including opera and film music, and was the author of eight books.

Johann Michael Bach (1648–1694) was the first cousin once removed as well as the father-in-law of J. S. Bach. (Johann Michael was the father of Johann Sebastian’s first wife, Maria Barbara Bach.) Born in Arnstadt, he became the organist in the town of Gehren in 1673 and remained there until his death.