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Will the Christmas music never stop? You may have asked yourself that over the past few weeks. In 1735 in Leipzig, it stopped on the Feast of the Epiphany, concluding with Part VI of Bach's Christmas Oratorio. We've been keeping up with Bach's schedule as best we can, to present the complete oratorio s Bach intended it to be performed. We began it in mid-December. and we conclude it tonight with the visit of the Three Kings, leading up to the Flight into Egypt. Then... No more Christmas music for eleven months. We promise.

Not to be confused with Maids a-Milking or Ladies Dancing, Lords a-Leaping, or anything of the sort, the next two cantatas of Bach's Christmas Oratorio were written for New Years Day and the day following -- the eighth and ninth days of Christmas . We'll hear them both as we continue with our presentation of the complete oratorio this holiday season. That's this Thursday, the fourth day of Christmas -- not to be confused with calling birds.

FM Odyssey: Christmas EVE Day 10-1 PM EST

There will be NO traditional Christmas music! Instead, thought provoking songs to paint visual landscapes of the holiday season that will make you feel it more then all the Christmas songs you've ever heard in your life! The true spirit of the season done right! Dedicated to Zero Migliore

WFIT Holiday Specials

Dec 18, 2017

Spend the Holidays with WFIT 89.5 FM with some seasonal favorites.

Bach's Christmas Oratorio is nothing like The Messiah at all. He wrote six sequential cantatas to be performed as part of the services on six specific days between Christmas and the Feast of the Epiphany in January. We're a little bit ahead of Bach's calendar as we try to match his schedule to a weekly radio program. We'll have Part III of the oratorio this Thursday as we present the complete work with period instrumentation over this holiday season, along with French noels, Romanian carols, and lots more.

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