December 22 – Christmas Classics

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Johann Sebastian Bach:  Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Opening chorus:  Jauchzet, froklocket (Rejoice, exult!)
What makes Bach’s Christmas Oratorio so great? It could be the drums, the trumpets, the trills or the sheer holiday joy evident in every note…but our announcer, Lisa Bergman, thinks it’s the swing! It’s written in triple meter—that’s three beats to a bar—rather than in a march, as other composers might have done. That means it’s impossible to listen without the temptation to tap your toe right along with the beat!

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