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1975: Oh, d'amore!

  • May 21, 2010
Leading up the start of the 40th Anniversary of the Oregon Bach Festival, we are taking a brief look at each year of the festival over the course of the next 40 days (41, to be precise). But we could not do it without a little help. On the occasion of the Oregon Bach Festival silver anniversary, Marian C. Donnelly compiled a history of the first 25 years. For the next couple of weeks, we will be graciously pulling excerpts from her work, The Oregon Bach Festival 1970-1994. Pretty sure that these are missing lyrics to a Dean Martin tune… When two... read more

1974: Coffee Cantata

  • May 20, 2010
Leading up the start of the 40th Anniversary of the Oregon Bach Festival, we are taking a brief look at each year of the festival over the course of the next 40 days (41, to be precise). But we could not do it without a little help. On the occasion of the Oregon Bach Festival silver anniversary, Marian C. Donnelly compiled a history of the first 25 years. For the next couple of weeks, we will be graciously pulling excerpts from her work, The Oregon Bach Festival 1970-1994. In 1984, Milos Forman chose to depict a secular, and sometimes profane, portrait... read more

1973: The Pizza and the Passion

  • May 19, 2010
Leading up the start of the 40th Anniversary of the Oregon Bach Festival, we are taking a brief look at each year of the festival over the course of the next 40 days (41, to be precise). But we could not do it without a little help. On the occasion of the Oregon Bach Festival silver anniversary, Marian C. Donnelly compiled a history of the first 25 years. For the next couple of weeks, we will be graciously pulling excerpts from her work, The Oregon Bach Festival 1970-1994. The fourth year of the Festival in 1973 continued the short-lived tradition of... read more

1972: If it’s not “Baroque”…

  • May 18, 2010
Leading up the start of the 40th Anniversary of the Oregon Bach Festival, we are taking a brief look at each year of the festival over the course of the next 40 days (41, to be precise). But we could not do it without a little help. On the occasion of the Oregon Bach Festival silver anniversary, Marian C. Donnelly compiled a history of the first 25 years. For the next couple of weeks, we will be graciously pulling excerpts from her work, The Oregon Bach Festival 1970-1994. Nearly a decade away from being christened the Oregon Bach Festival, the Summer... read more

1971: Posterized

  • May 17, 2010
Leading up the start of the 40th Anniversary of the Oregon Bach Festival, we are taking a brief look at each year of the festival over the course of the next 40 days (41, to be precise). But we could not do it without a little help. On the occasion of the Oregon Bach Festival silver anniversary, Marian C. Donnelly compiled a history of the first 25 years. For the next couple of weeks, we will be graciously pulling excerpts from her work, The Oregon Bach Festival 1970-1994. Before the iconographic Johann Sebastian Bach became the focus of the Festival, another... read more

1970: The Oregon Schütz Festival Begins

  • May 16, 2010
H. Royce Saltzman, Martina Rilling, Helmuth Rilling Leading up the start of the 40th Anniversary of the Oregon Bach Festival, we are going to take a brief look at each year of the festival over the course of the next 40 days (41, to be precise). But we could not do it without a little help. On the occasion of the Oregon Bach Festival silver anniversary, Marian C. Donnelly compiled a history of the first 25 years. For the next couple of weeks, we will be graciously pulling excerpts from her work, The Oregon Bach Festival 1970-1994. So, how did it all begin? While... read more

Stephen Jaffe reflects on composition, OBF, and JSB

  • May 12, 2010
Stephen Jaffe of North Carolina was one of four composers commissioned to write a cantata in the manner of J.S. Bach for the 1996 project, "Bach and the Americas." The others were Osvaldo Golijov (South America), Linda Bouchard (Canada), and Robert Kyr, from Eugene. In a recently published interview by Tom Moore in Opera Today, Jaffe reflects on composition and his connections to the Oregon Bach Festival and J.S. Bach. Although I have done a lot of vocal music, Songs of Turning is quite exceptional in my catalog. What I wanted to do in writing this piece, in terms of reflecting Bach’s... read more