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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

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Part 1: Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf
Part 2: Der aber die Herzen forschet
Part 3: Du heilige Brunst, süsser Trost

Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV226
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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Details for CDA66369 track 7
Der aber die Herzen forschet
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 7
    Release date: July 1990
    Deletion date: October 2013
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