Launch of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion

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The launch of the Theological Commentary, by Andreas Loewe with a new scholarly translation by Katherine Firth will take place on Saturday 12 April 2014, at St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne.

The Commentary will be launched by the Revd Professor Dorothy Lee, an expert on the Gospel of John, and Dean of Trinity College Theological School, and Frank Woods Distinguished Lecturer in Biblical Studies; and the Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, Dean of the Cathedral and author, will give a talk.

Following the launch, The Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne, will perform the St. John Passion, conducted by Jonathan Greives-Smith.

The Commentary will be available on the 12 April as an ebook, with the hardback copies coming in early May.

The Commentary can be ordered from all major online booksellers, or directly from the publisher.

New Scholarly Translation of Bach’s St John Passion published by Brill

Book coverAndreas Loewe’s new Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion: A Theological Commentary includes a new study translation by Katherine Firth.

The translation enables readers who have limited or no German to nonetheless engage with the ideas, word patterns, and meanings of the libretto to the St John Passion (BWV 245). The study translation compliments Loewe’s commentary on the theology and music of the Passion.

This Theological Commentary is the first full-length work in English to consider Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion in its entirety, both the words and the music. Bach’s oratorio is a globally popular musical work, and a significant expression of Lutheran theology.

The commentary has a preface provided by New Testament scholar N.T. Wright.

The Theological Commentary is available from Brill’s website.

Melbourne Brain Centre Opening, with performance of ‘Anthem for the Feast of Any Healer’

On 17 October 2011, the choir of Trinity College, the University of Melbourne, performed ‘Anthem for the Feast of Any Healer: in memoriam Norman Heatley’ at the opening ceremony for the Melbourne Brain Centre.

The work was commissioned by Dr Jack Best, composed by Micheal Leighton Jones, with words by Katherine Firth.

This was the third performance of the work. The world premiere was at Trinity College, Cambridge; with an Australian premiere of the extended piece at Trinity College, Melbourne, in March 2011.