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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

Les trois strophes de la partita sur Ach, was ist doch unser Leben, BWV743 recourent aux techniques du cantus firmus orné – harmonisations avec interludes et cantus firmus aux pédales. Les nombreux arpèges descendants, surtout à la fin des première et troisième sections, évoquent l’équivalent musical d’un haussement d’épaules, écho de la résignation du verset initial du choral – «Qu’est donc notre vie?»

extrait des notes rédigées par Stephen Westrop © 1999
Français: Hypérion

Die drei Strophen der Partita über Ach, was ist doch unser Leben BWV 743 machen von der Technik des verzierten Cantus firmus Gebrauch: Harmonisierung mit Zwischenspielen und Cantus firmus im Pedal. Die zahlreichen abwärts gerichteten Arpeggien, insbesondere am Ende des ersten und dritten Abschnitts, lassen an das musikalische Äquivalent eines Schulterzuckens denken und die Resignation der ersten Zeile des Chorals anklingen.

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Westrop © 1999
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

Recordings

Bach: Organ Cornucopia
CDA67139
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Details

Track 12 on CDA67139 [3'22]
Track 12 on CDS44121/36 CD8 [3'22] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for CDA67139 track 12

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-99-13912
Duration
3'22
Recording date
15 April 1999
Recording venue
Pfarrkirche St Michael, Kaisten, Switzerland
Recording producer
Paul Spicer
Recording engineer
Paul Niederberger
Hyperion usage
  1. Bach: Organ Cornucopia (CDA67139)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: July 1999
  2. Bach: The Complete Organ Works (CDS44121/36)
    Disc 8 Track 12
    Release date: October 2002
    Deletion date: March 2009
    16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
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