The Wayfarer Reaching the New Shore – J.S. Bach, Cantata 56, at Trinity XIX

The first recitative speaks of the earthly sea voyage to the kingdom of heaven. Mein Wandel auf der Welt ist einer Schiffahrt gleich (My wayfaring through the world is like a voyage in a ship on the sea). It is brilliantly moving, exceptionally phrased, with wave motion in the ‘cello that ceases only when the pilgrim reaches land.

So tret ich aus dem Schiff in meine Stadt, Die ist das Himmelreich, / Thus will I will leave the ship to go into my city, which is the kingdom of heaven.

Seraphim O'Keefe: The Gaterene Demoniacs, c. 2013

Seraphim O’Keefe: The Gaterene Demoniacs, c. 2013

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