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Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantata BWV 63, “Christen, ätzet diesen Tag,” was composed for an initial performance on Christmas Day 1714 or 1715. Here a 1995 performance by the New London Consort (Catherine Bott, soprano; Christopher Robson, controtenore; Andrew King, tenore; Paul Agnew, tenore; Michael George basso) under the direction of Philip Pickett. An English translation of the text is available here, the German original, probably by Johann Michael Heineccius, is available here
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Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
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From the June 2014 issue
Number of U.S. congressional districts in which trade with China has produced more jobs than it has cost:
Young bilingual children who learned one language first are likelier than monolingual children and bilingual children who learned languages simultaneously to say that a dog adopted by owls will hoot.
An Oklahoma legislative committee voted to defund Advanced Placement U.S. History courses, accusing the curriculum of portraying the United States as “a nation of oppressors and exploiters.”
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