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Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV659
composer
1708/17; revised into Leipzig Chorales collection, the '18' circa 1744/7
arranger

Recordings
'A Bach Album' (CDA67247)
A Bach Album
'Bach Arrangements' (CDA67309)
Bach Arrangements
'Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 1 – Ferruccio Busoni' (CDA66566)
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 1 – Ferruccio Busoni
'Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 3 – Friedman, Grainger & Murdoch' (CDA67344)
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 3 – Friedman, Grainger & Murdoch
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'Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 4 – Samuel Feinberg' (CDA67468)
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 4 – Samuel Feinberg
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'Bach: Wachet auf!' (CDA67071/2)
Bach: Wachet auf!
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'Bach: The Complete Organ Works' (CDS44121/36)
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
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Details
Track 10 on CDA66566 [6'41]
Track 16 on CDA67071/2 CD1 [4'20] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 16 on CDA67247 [4'42]
Track 3 on CDA67309 [5'43]
Track 2 on CDA67344 [5'31] Please, someone, buy me …
Track 14 on CDA67468 CD1 [4'31] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 16 on CDS44121/36 CD10 [4'20] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV659
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Chorale Preludes may be seen as another form of transcription, since the themes on which they are based appear finally as part of a more elaborate and complex composition.

Bach set ‘Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland’ several times: it opens Cantatas 61 and 62 and appears as a duet in Cantata 36. There are five settings as a chorale prelude, and Friedman chooses the slowest and most expressive of them, heading it ‘Largo, maestoso e molto serioso’. His transcription follows the text quite faithfully, except for an odd little alteration of the inner voices in the last bar, and the words (a Lutherian translation of the Latin text) are beautifully mirrored ‘come, redeemer of mankind, whose birth … came from God to be the wonder of all the world’. The transcription inhabits very much the same world as Busoni’s.

from notes by Piers Lane © 2003

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