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Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BuxWV223
The Chorale Fantasia on ‘Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern’, BuxWV223, begins with a section in which the first part of the melody is given in long notes first to the pedals and then to the uppermost voice. The melody’s subsequent notes are the subject of the deceptively free-sounding passage which immediately follows, and at 2'07'' begins a section based on the descending scale with which the melody concludes. The second verse (from 3'15'') is a wonderfully exuberant jig fugue in AAB form (the form of the melody) whose initial subject is based on the melody’s first few notes (note how in the B section the momentum created by Buxtehude’s rhythms effortlessly sweeps up the repetitive phrases with which the melody’s last section begins).

from notes by Relf Clark © 2011

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67876 track 14
Recording date
11 January 2011
Recording venue
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Paul Spicer & Simon Eadon
Recording engineer
Dave Rowell & Simon Eadon
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