Repertoire:
Bach and Beyond

The following list demonstrates the Bach Society’s commitment to performing the major works by Bach and other masters, and reveals the breadth of its repertoire, ranging from music of the 17th century to commissioned works.

 

Major works for Chorus and Orchestra by Johann Sebastian Bach

Mass in B minor – 1941, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 55, 57, 60, 62, 64, 65, 67, 69, 71, 75, 77, 83, 91, 94, 2001, 06, 10, 16
St. Matthew Passion – 1943, 45, 47, 53, 56, 61, 66, 70, 72, 78, 85, 89, 94, 2004, 12
St. John Passion – 1949, 51, 54, 57, 63, 68, 79, 88, 92, 96, 2002, 08, 14
Christmas Oratorio – 2017
Magnificat – 1950, 53, 57, 62, 65, 69, 73, 76, 80, 83, 87, 92, 96, 2002, 12
St. Mark Passion (reconstruction): 1997
Cantatas & Motets

Major works for Chorus and Orchestra by other significant composers

Requiems by Mozart, Duruflé, Fauré, Brahms, Howells
Masses by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz, Schubert, Rossini
Oratorios by Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams
Glorias by Poulenc, Rutter

Major a cappella works

Sergei Rachmaninoff  Vespers and Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Ralph Vaughan Williams  Mass in G minor
Frank Martin  Mass for Double Choir
Alexander Gretchaninov Vespers
Josef Rheinberger: Mass in E flat for Double Choir

St. Louis premieres

Hector Berlioz  Messe Solennelle
Srul Irving Glick  Triumph of the Spirit (U.S. premiere)
George Frideric Handel’s rediscovered Gloria

Works commissioned and premiered by the Bach Society

René Clausen  My Heart Is Steadfast (Psalm 108)
Stephen Mager  The Lamb’s High Feast, Mass of Light, Te Deum
Stephen Paulus  To the Supreme Being

Significant motets

Samuel Barber  Agnus Dei (Adagio for Strings)
Antonio Caldara  Crucifixus (16 parts)
Thomas Tallis  Spem in Alium (40 parts)
Healey Willan  An Apostrophe to the Heavenly Hosts

And shorter works by:  Ola Gjeilo, Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Arvo Pärt, John Tavener, Paweł Łukaszewski, Vytautas Miskinis, Ugis Praulins, et al.