Musical Notes

A Pilgrim’s Progress through J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor

  • October 3, 2011
A Pilgrim’s Progress through J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor

Post-performance reflections by Howard Dyck. Wrestling with the angel who has been described as “the fifth Evangelist”, J.S. Bach, is always a daunting prospect. And spending time in the white heat of his towering Mass in B Minor means you’re going to be burned as well as blessed! Herewith a summary of thoughts and reflections from the vantage point of the conductor. We begin. It’s Good Friday. Earlier in the day I’ve heard a performance of the St. John Passion on CBC Radio Two. I’ve tried not to pay too much attention. I have the B Minor to conduct, after all: no extra energy today...

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My Artistic Credo

  • September 29, 2011
My Artistic Credo

(from my post-concert speech May 8, 2010) I believe that the arts make us better people. I believe they ennoble us, they enable us to transcend our own limitations, they encourage us in our weaknesses and failures, and they empower us in our pilgrimage through this vast and wondrous and kaleidoscopic adventure we call life. This has been my experience these 38 years with the Grand Philharmonic Choir. I believe that it is possible for a community of like-minded artists – in this case singers and players – to achieve certain exalted forms of expression which none of us could even dream of achieving...

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