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Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder, BuxWV178
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chorale prelude (usual English words to the tune are O sacred head sore wounded)

Recordings
'Buxtehude: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 1 – Helsingor Cathedral, Denmark' (CDA67666)
Buxtehude: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 1 – Helsingor Cathedral, Denmark
Details
Track 4 on CDA67666 [2'40]

Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder, BuxWV178
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The melody of the Chorale Prelude ‘Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder’, BuxWV178 (‘Ah Lord, me, a poor sinner’) is familiar from J S Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and in the English-speaking world it evokes the words ‘O sacred head sore wounded’. It is given to the uppermost voice and skilfully embedded in a contrapuntal matrix based upon it, and although ornamented, its shape is well preserved throughout, which suggests that this is a prelude intended to introduce the singing of the hymn.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2008

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