Membra Jesu Nostri – D. Buxtehude

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Tuesday In Holy Week

Tuesday In Holy Week

O God, by the passion of thy blessed Son didst make an instrument of shameful death to be unto us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Tuesday, 3 April from 6:30-7:30 PM

No tickets or reservations required.
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Dietrich Buxtehude was one of the greatest composers of his generation, and an important influence on Johann Sebastian Bach.¬†¬†Composed in 1680,¬†Membra Jesu nostri¬†(The limbs of our Jesus) is a remarkable cycle of seven cantatas each addressing a different part of Christ’s crucified body: feet, knees, hands, side, chest, heart, and head.¬†¬†The text,¬†Salve mundi salutare, also known as the¬†Rhythmica oratio, was written by Medieval poet Arnulf of Louvain.
Membra Jesu nostri, considered to be the first Lutheran oratorio, represents the peak of 17th century northern German vocal music.¬†¬†Come and listen to this Holy Week meditation offered by some of New York’s finest chamber musicians.