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Wir Christenleut, BWV1090

composer
Neumeister manuscript

 
BWV1090 features a chorale with another Christmas text, rejoicing in the birth of Christ. This joy (‘Freud’) seems to be the affect projected by the first part of this three-part setting, with its running semiquavers underneath the chorale melody. The latter sections are marked by changes of metre, from duple to triple time. The triple time coincides with the text highlighting redemption, and the change back to duple surely highlights the text’s phrase ‘glaubet fest’ (‘believes firmly’). The effect of these changes is ingenious over such a short piece.

from notes by George Parsons © 2017

Recordings

Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 5
SIGCD805Download only 27 October 2017 Release
Bach: Neumeister Chorales
CDA67215Archive Service
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Details

Track 12 on SIGCD805 CD1 [2'11] Download only 27 October 2017 Release
Track 6 on CDA67215 [2'03] Archive Service
Track 6 on CDS44121/36 CD15 [2'03] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

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