J.S. Bach – Cantata BWV 30, at the Feast of St John the Baptist

Domenico Ghirlandaio : Zachariah Writes Down the Name of his Son (circa 15 c.)

Domenico Ghirlandaio : Zachariah Writes Down the Name of his Son (circa 15 c.)

The preceding alto recitative explains how we are to reach the regions of the angels, and the alto aria exhorts the congregation to haste from guilt and wake from sin. This aria, with flute obbligato, is very quick and delightful, and has fine interplay between the singer and flautist, which progresses over a continuo directed to be pizzicato for the strings and staccato for the organ. The material is structured, like the third theme of the oboes d’amore in cantata 7, as three notes with syncopation, but with the phrases both rising and falling, and without the high degree of plangency.

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