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March 14, 2008

Bach and his Bible

The Musicology and Theory Divisions are pleased to invite you to join us this Friday, March 14 at 2:30 in Rm. 280 in Ferguson Hall for a very exciting colloquium. Dr. Thomas Rossin, the founder and conductor of the Exultate choir, which is performing Bach's B-Minor Mass around the Twin Cities several times this month, will be exhibiting and speaking about J.S. Bach's personal Bible, its marginalia, etc, which was the topic of his doctoral dissertation.

On exhibit will be the following items, some of which are exceedingly rare:
1. 2 volumes of the Bible once owned by Bach
2. Information kiosks with panels about Bach, his music, and his Bible
3. An original page from the 1611 first edition of the King James Bible
4. A theological book printed in Leipzig in 1740 (while Bach was living there)
5. Ceremonial coins minted on the 300th birthday of Bach & Handel
6. Copies of autograph scores of two motets of Bach
7. Rossin's dissertation about the Bach Bible
8. Some items from the U of M rare book collection.
9. A handout explaining about Bach's library, the discovery of the Bible, it's importance, etc.