JS BACH and the Corno da Caccia

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Corno da Caccia - Bach Brandenburg Concerto #1

The Corno da Caccia was a prominent instrument throughout the 1700’s having pieces written for it by such composers as Telemann, Handel, and Vivaldi as well as the greatest composer of all, Johann Sebastian Bach.  With the invention of valves, making brass instruments chromatic, these natural or valveless instruments became extinct.  The modern Corno da Caccia was reinvented in the mid-twentieth century in Germany by adding valves to the natural corno giving birth to an entirely new instrument.

The St. Thomas Church, in Leipzig’s city center, has been the home of the St. Thomas Boy’s Choir for the last 800 years and also is the final resting place of the St. Thomas Cantor, Johann Sebastian Bach. The St. Thomas Church dates back to the 12th Century and it was here in 1539 that Martin Luther preached the implementation of the Reformation.

This DVD by the Forum Musicum Leipzig features Bruce Hopkins and John Roderick MacDonald (for many years the Principal Trumpet of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra) as Corno da Caccia soloists. Mr. MacDonald is also the Orchestra’s Music Director. The recording features the Brandenburg Concerto #1 of J.S. Bach and music from Bach’s Cantata #208 – Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd.






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