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In dulci iubilo, BWV729

composer
1708/17; Weimar
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

 
Lord Berners’ reputation is chiefly as a musical humorist and ironist, but there are works (such as his Fugue for orchestra) which show he had a more serious side, and he was an impeccable craftsman. His setting of the chorale prelude In dulci jubilo BWV729 is more smoothly made into a piano piece than some of its companions in the Bach Book, contrasting grandiose chordal writing against flowing arpeggiated lines, the figuration breaking out into elated triplets and finally semiquavers as the triumphant final bars are reached.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2010

Malgré certaines œuvres (comme la Fugue pour orchestre) montrant de lui un visage plus sérieux, un art impeccable, Lord Berners a surtout une réputation d’humoriste et d’ironiste musical. Sa version du prélude-choral In dulci jubilo BWV729 est plus uniment changée en morceau pianistique que certaines autres compositions du Bach Book: une grandiose figure en accords s’oppose à de fluides lignes arpégées, la figuration explose en exultants triolets et, pour terminer, en doubles croches quand arrivent les triomphantes mesures finales.

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

Lord Berners hatte überwiegend den Ruf eines musikalischen Humoristen und Satirikers, doch gibt es auch Werke von ihm (wie seine Fuge für Orchester), die seine ernstere Seite erkennen lassen, und außerdem war er ein ausgezeichneter Handwerker. Seine Bearbeitung des Choralvorspiels In dulci jubilo BWV729 ist reibungsloser für Klavier transkribiert als andere Beiträge zum Bach Book und lässt grandiose Akkorde mit fließenden Arpeggien kontrastieren und die Figuration in beschwingte Triolen und abschließende Sechzehntel beim Erreichen der Schlusstakte ausbrechen.

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

Recordings

Bach Arrangements
CDA67309
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 9 – A Bach Book for Harriet Cohen
CDA67767
Bach: The Clavierübung Chorales & other great chorales
CDA67213/42CDs Archive Service
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Details

Track 29 on CDA67213/4 CD2 [2'43] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 10 on CDA67309 [2'01]
Track 7 on CDA67767 [1'50]
Track 29 on CDS44121/36 CD13 [2'43] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

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