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Interior of St Gommar, Lierre (1850) by David Roberts (1796-1864)
Reproduced by permission of The Wallace Collection, London
Track(s) taken from CDA66369
Recording details: April 1989
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: July 1990
Total duration: 7 minutes 54 seconds

Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV226
24 October 1729; funeral of J H Ernesti, Rector of St Thomas's School
author of text
Romans 8: 26-27
author of text
1524, Chorale: Komm, Heilige Geist, Herre Gott; verse 3

The eight part Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf is the only motet of the six that can be assigned with certainty to a particular occasion: it was written for the funeral of J H Ernesti, Rector of St Thomas’s School, on 24 October 1729. Its structure is not unlike that of ‘Komm, Jesu komm’ in that it divides into two movements: the first, subdivided into three contrasted sections marked by changes of time, is a setting of Romans 8, verses 26–7, while the second is a simple setting of verse 3 of Luther’s chorale ‘Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott’. The musical style, however, is much more modem. The first section of the first movement, for instance, is in the polychoral motet style, but uses a lively 3/8 metre and has a main theme that returns in fragments in the manner of a concerto ritornello theme. A set of original doubling instrumental parts, for strings and woodwind, survives for this work, but it is recorded here just with continuo.

from notes by Peter Holman 1990

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