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Komm, Jesu, komm!, BWV229
composer
1723-1734; setting of first & last verses of Thymich's poem
author of text
originally set by Schelle for funeral of Rector Thomasius 14/09/1684
author of text
John 14: 6

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'Bach: The Six Motets' (CDA66369)
Bach: The Six Motets
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Part 1: Komm, Jesu, komm!
Part 2: Drum schliess ich mich in deine Hände

Komm, Jesu, komm!, BWV229
The eight part Komm, Jesu, komm! is steeped in seventeenth century tradition. The text, a paraphrase of John 14, verse 6 (‘I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me’) was written by the Leipzig poet Paul Thymich, and was originally set by Johann Schelle, a predecessor of Bach at St Thomas’s, for the funeral of Rector Jakob Thomasius on 14 September 1684; the occasion for which Bach set the text is not known. Schelle’s work, a simple aria, was later published, and it was probably from this source that Bach took the text, though the settings are unrelated. Bach uses the first and last verses of Thymich’s poem; the first is set in the traditional polychoral motet style, with several changes of time and pace; the second is headed ‘Aria’ and is a simple four part setting of a minuet like melody that seems to be by Bach himself—it is not unlike his best known chorale. ‘Dir, dir, Jehova, will ich singen’.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1990

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Details for CDA66369 track 1
Komm, Jesu, komm!
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-90-36901
Duration
7'39
Recording date
26 April 1989
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
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  1. Bach: The Six Motets (CDA66369)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: July 1990
    Deletion date: October 2013
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