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Wir glauben all an einen Gott, BWV740
composer
doubtful attribution
arranger
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

Recordings
'Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 9 – A Bach Book for Harriet Cohen' (CDA67767)
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 9 – A Bach Book for Harriet Cohen
'Bach: The Clavierübung Chorales & other great chorales' (CDA67213/4)
Bach: The Clavierübung Chorales & other great chorales
MP3 £7.75FLAC £7.75ALAC £7.75Buy by post £27.98 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDA67213/4  2CDs Archive Service   Download currently discounted
'Bach: The Complete Organ Works' (CDS44121/36)
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
MP3 £45.00FLAC £45.00ALAC £45.00 CDS44121/36  16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted  
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Track 19 on CDA67213/4 CD2 [4'13] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 16 on CDA67767 [4'34]
Track 19 on CDS44121/36 CD13 [4'13] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Wir glauben all an einen Gott, BWV740
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William Gillies Whittaker (1876–1944), who at the time he was invited to contribute to the Bach Book was simultaneously Professor of Music at Glasgow University and Principal of the newly founded Scottish National Academy of Music, was a Northumbrian composer of quite progressive instincts (as his visionary setting of Psalm 139 for unaccompanied double chorus in 1924 attests) but was more celebrated as a scholar of early music. In addition to editing Bach he had founded the Newcastle Bach Choir and would eventually be known for his posthumously published standard study of all the Bach cantatas. In his otherwise restrained treatment of the chorale prelude Wir glauben all an einen Gott BWV740, Whittaker’s persistent accents on the melody notes rather seem to war against his marking Sempre dolcissimo e legato, but this in fact makes an interesting study in balance, since the pianist must maintain the serenely devotional mood throughout.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2010

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