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Ach, was ist doch unser Leben, BWV743
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'Bach: Organ Cornucopia' (CDA67139)
Bach: Organ Cornucopia
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'Bach: The Complete Organ Works' (CDS44121/36)
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
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Track 12 on CDA67139 [3'22] Please, someone, buy me …
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Ach, was ist doch unser Leben, BWV743
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The three verses of the partita on Ach, was ist doch unser Leben, BWV743, employ the techniques of decorated cantus firmus – harmonisation with interludes and pedal cantus firmus. The many descending arpeggios, particularly at the end of the first and third sections, suggest the musical equivalent of a shrug, mirroring the resignation of the opening line of the chorale – ‘What then is our life?’

from notes by Stephen Westrop © 1999

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