On Tuesday February 21, Dr. Andrzej Zahorski will present at St. Joseph Chapel of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary a program of organ music featuring organ works by J.S. Bach and byCatholic and Protestant composers who had exercised a formative influence on the great German composer.

Johann Sebastian Bach was born in an era still painfully affected by sharp conflicts between Catholics and Protestants which culminated with the Thirty Year War. Catholic and Protestant musical cultures reflected that division and increasing separation. Bach, however, knew how to appreciate good music on both sides of the divide. Keyboard compositions by Girolamo Frescobaldi- an official organist at Vatican-had a direct impact on Bach’s creative work. We also know that Bach copied by hand the entire collection of organ works by a chief representative of French Baroque organ school -Nicolaus de Grigny. Some works by these composers that will be performed are based on prayers that are in use by both denominations: Prayer to God the Father, (The Lord’s Prayer), to the Son (Kyrie) and to the Holy Spirit (Come, Holy Ghost).

Please come to cherish the richness and spirituality of music by one of the greatest composers of all times and his musical ancestors!


St. Joseph Chapel at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
5200 Glennon Dr
St. Louis, MO 63119