Video: Schola Seconda Pratica Performs J.S. Bach
It wasn’t unusual for Johann Sebastian Bach to compose a brief instrumental movement in order to begin a cantata. He might do the same for each half of a bipartite work.
This was the case for Geist und Seele wird verwirret (“Spirit and soul become confused”), BWV 35, where each half starts with a Sinfonia, the second of which is particularly joyful.
However, the second sinfonia isn’t just any old instrumental composition, but a vibrant solo for organ accompanied by oboes, strings, and continuo, and an impressive display of virtuosity for the composer and the soloist.
Here’s the Schola Seconda Practica performing the movement with organist Norbert Zeilberger (pictured above). Rudolf Lutz directs…