J.S. Bach Organ Marathon performed by Christopher Jacobson
Christopher Jacobson, Duke University Chapel organist, will perform the entire 257 organ works of J. S. Bach semi-continuously over the course of 22 hours. This two-day marathon event is open to individuals, school groups and work teams seeking a cultural outing during the work day.
Jacobson uniquely arranges the works into 14 chapters, beginning with a cross section, "Glimpses of Genius," which introduces Bach's compositional workshop. Chapters then progress through the stages of Bach's life and development as a musician, culminating in "Last Words," Bach's final utterance dictated from his deathbed in 1750 containing the haunting chorale, Vor deinen Thron tret' ich (Before thy throne I now appear).
Some recitals are specifically geared toward children, organized into units that support classroom topics. Others are themed around German Christmas music, Bach's time in Italy and his rarely heard works.
While not entirely unprecedented — Jacobson himself performed this cycle last year in Savannah — the accomplishment recalls other historic events.
The recitals will be held on Oct. 6 and 7 at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.