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Kings Place
90 York Way
Kings Cross

N1 9AG


Johann Sebastian BachAch wie fl├╝chtig, ach wie nichtig, BWV 26


Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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Programme Note

Bach, the Universe and Everything is the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's science and music series for questioning and inquisitive minds. 


BWV 26 Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig (Ah, how fleeting, ah how insignificant) Today’s cantata is a cheery one about our impending death. The sense of futility is particularly well captured in the opening chorale which feels frantic and primeval. All souls welcome. 


Professor Jon Chapman from the University of Oxford invites us to ponder the fleeting moment when sound waves reach our ears before it disappears. Using some careful calculations, Jon suggests that we might even be able to hear the shape of a drum.

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