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Komm, süsser Tod, BWV478

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June 1931; commissioned by Harriet Cohen and first published by Oxford University Press in A Bach Book for Harriet Cohen; first performed at the Queen's Hall on 17 October 1932

 
Frank Bridge’s arrangement of the serene chorale setting Komm, süsser Tod BWV478, from the Schemelli Gesangbuch, which he made in June 1931, is relatively restrained and essentialized in its approach to Bach’s original, apart from the gradations of the dynamics and the ‘pianistic’ arpeggios of the Poco maestoso central section which gradually become fulsome harped chords. In 1936 Bridge made a version of this transcription for string orchestra, giving it the title Todessehnsucht (‘Longing for death’).

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2010

Dans l’arrangement qu’il fit en juin 1931 du serein choral Komm, süsser Tod BWV478, emprunté au Schemelli Gesangbuch, Frank Bridge adopte une approche assez sobre et quintessenciée de l’original bachien, n’étaient les gradations de la dynamique et les arpèges «pianistiques» de la section centrale Poco maestoso se muant en de dithyrambiques accords harpés. En 1936, Bridge fit de cette transcription une version pour orchestre à cordes qu’il baptisa Todessehnsucht («Aspiration à la mort»).

extrait des notes rédigées par Calum MacDonald © 2010
Français: Hypérion

Das von Frank Bridge eingesandte Arrangement der feierlichen Choralvertonung Komm, süsser Tod BWV478 aus Schemellis Gesangbuch, das er im Juni 1931 komponierte, ist relativ zurückhaltend und in der Annäherung an Bachs Vorlage auf das Wesentliche beschränkt, abgesehen von dynamischen Abstufungen und den „pianistischen“ Arpeggien im Mittelteil Poco maestoso, die sich allmählich zu vollen Harfenakkorden entwickeln. 1936 komponierte Bridge eine Version dieser Transkription für Streichorchester und gab ihr den Titel Todessehnsucht.

aus dem Begleittext von Calum MacDonald © 2010
Deutsch: Henning Weber

Recordings

Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 9 – A Bach Book for Harriet Cohen
CDA67767

Track-specific metadata for CDA67767 track 9

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ISRC
GB-AJY-10-76709
Duration
3'43
Recording date
20 September 2008
Recording venue
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jeremy Hayes
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
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