|Bach||Cantata: Herr Jesu Christ, wahr’ Mensch und Gott (‘Lord Jesus Christ, true man and God’) BWV127|
The science: ‘My core interest has been in trying to think like a cell,’ says UCL’s Buzz Baum, who works at the intersection of biology and physics, trying to understand how cells evolve. He’s published a radical new theory as to how eukaryotic cells – which make up complex life forms such as ourselves – came to be.
The music: Written for the last Sunday before lent, this cantata repurposes a famous tune from Bach’s St Matthew Passion and features lovely writing for an oboe and recorders. Thematically, it’s a serious one, mostly about death and how it’s easier to face it with Jesus at your side.
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