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Pastorale in F major, BWV590

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The earliest published examples of pastoral music, characterized by drone-like basses and lilting tripletime melodies, date from 1637, in an instrumental collection by Francesco Fiamengo and a keyboard volume by Frescobaldi. The fact that only the first movement of the Pastorale, BWV590, is in this style and is also the only movement requiring pedals suggests that possibly these four pieces did not originally belong together. Nonetheless they make a very attractive suite. The melody of the third movement is one of those long-breathed tunes reminiscent of the instrumental obbligato from a cantata aria, while the final Gigue is a charmingly artless piece of three-part counterpoint.

from notes by Stephen Westrop © 1997

Die ersten veröffentlichten Pastoralwerke, die durch bordunähnliche Bässe und fröhlich-trällernde Dreiertaktmelodien gekennzeichnet sind, stammen aus dem Jahre 1637 und erschienen in einer Instrumentalmusiksammlung von Francesco Fiamengo und einer Tastenmusikausgabe von Frescobaldi. Daß ausschließlich der erste Satz der Pastorale, BWV590, diesem Stil entspricht und Pedalstimmen verlangt, ist möglicherweise ein Hinweis darauf, daß die vier Sätze ursprünglich nicht zusammengehörten. Nichtsdestoweniger bilden sie eine überaus reizvolle Suite. Die Melodie des dritten Satzes ist eine jener langatmigen Weisen, die an das instrumentale Obbligato einer Kantatenarie erinnern, wohingegen es sich bei der abschließenden Gigue um ein reizend-unschuldiges Stück mit dreistimmigem Kontrapunkt handelt.

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Westrop © 1997
Deutsch: Manuela Hübner

Recordings

Bach: Organ Miniatures
CDA67211/22CDs Archive Service
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Details

Movement 1: Prelude
Track 6 on CDA67211/2 CD1 [2'45] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 6 on CDS44121/36 CD5 [2'45] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
Movement 2: Allemande
Track 7 on CDA67211/2 CD1 [3'16] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 7 on CDS44121/36 CD5 [3'16] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
Movement 3: Aria
Track 8 on CDA67211/2 CD1 [3'36] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 8 on CDS44121/36 CD5 [3'36] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
Movement 4: Gigue
Track 9 on CDA67211/2 CD1 [4'17] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 9 on CDS44121/36 CD5 [4'17] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for CDS44121/36 disc 5 track 6

Movement 1: Prelude
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-97-21106
Duration
2'45
Recording date
21 November 1996
Recording venue
Stadtkirche, Rheinfelden, Switzerland
Recording producer
Paul Spicer
Recording engineer
Paul Niederberger
Hyperion usage
  1. Bach: Organ Miniatures (CDA67211/2)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: June 1997
    Deletion date: May 2008
    2CDs Archive Service
  2. Bach: The Complete Organ Works (CDS44121/36)
    Disc 5 Track 6
    Release date: October 2002
    Deletion date: March 2009
    16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
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