Johann Heinrich Voss in Hamburg - 31 December, 1775

from Letter fron Johann Heinrich Voss to Ernestine Boie 5 January 1776, page 157:

Already the first accompanied recitative, "Tröstet, tröstet mein Volk" moved me to tears, and Fr. Winthem also sang it like an angel. But nothing could compare with the choruses. My heart beat almost as if in your embrace, and I would have liked to have flown through the clouds... But now, [it was] as if thunder and lightning came simultaneously, with the highest expression that is possible on earth: "Almighty God!" so that one starts, and wants to sink to the ground in the presence of the Most Sublime one.
cite as

Johann Heinrich Voss, Letter fron Johann Heinrich Voss to Ernestine Boie 5 January 1776. In Annette Richards (ed.), C P E Bach Studies (2006), p. 157. accessed: 14 June, 2024

location of experience: Hamburg


Listening to

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written by George Frideric Handel
performed by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Experience Information

Date/Time 31 December, 1775
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


This is a response to the first German-language performance of Messiah, which was conducted by C P E Bach

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Sat, 08 Mar 2014 09:31:50 +0000