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Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV727

1708/17; Weimar

This little prelude, based on the famous chorale often used in Bach’s Passion settings in which the believer prays for a peaceful death after the trials of earthly life, is beautifully simple. The text of this chorale often drew from Bach startlingly original harmonies; yet in this case the harmonic surprises are more subtle—for example mixing D major and B minor in the opening phrase to allow the chorale to start with, essentially, an interrupted cadence. The melody is given expressive—even yearning—treatment above straightforward harmony, interspersed with expressive gestures such as the accented passing notes, octave leaps and rising chromatic lines of the pedal.

from notes by George Parsons 2015


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Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 7 - Max Reger
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Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 9 - A Bach Book for Harriet Cohen
Bach: The Clavierübung Chorales & other great chorales
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Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 1
Studio Master: SIGCD800Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted


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