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Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV645

composer
circa 1748/9; Schübler Chorale No 1; arrangement of Cantata 140 movement 4

 
As the season of Trinity in the church reached its end and Bach’s Lutheran congregation looked forward to Advent and the new church year, Philipp Nicolai’s hymn proclaimed ‘Sleepers, wake!’, and urged them further: ‘Arise, the bridegroom is coming, prepare for the wedding!’—a call to which Zion, as the bride, responds. The chorale appeared in Cantata No 140, performed in the Thomaskirche on the twenty-seventh Sunday after Trinity, 1731. The fourth movement of the cantata is the same music as this prelude, played by strings and continuo, with the chorale melody in the tenor. The organ version is a lively trio which mirrors the joyful expectancy of the words, with the chorale resounding through the brilliance of the obbligato.

from notes by Ian Carson © 1996

Als sich die Zeit der Trinitatisfeierlichkeiten ihrem Ende näherte, und Bachs lutherische Kirchengemeinde der Adventszeit und dem neuen Jahr entgegensah, verkündete Philipp Nicolais Hymne: ‘Schlafende, erwachet!’ und drängte weiter: ‘Erhebet Euch, der Bräutigam kommt, bereitet die Hochzeit!’—ein Ruf, auf den Zion als Braut Gottes antwortet. Der Choral erschien in der Kantate Nr. 140, die 1731 am siebenundzwanzigsten Sonntag nach Trinitatis, uraufgeführt wurde. Der vierte Satz der Kantate, gespielt von Streichern und Continuo, enthält die gleiche Musik wie das Präludium, während die Choralmelodie von der Tenorstimme gesungen wird. Die Orgelversion ist ein lebhaftes Trio, das die freudvoll verheißenden Worte widerspiegelt, während im Choral die Brillianz des Obligato widerhallt.

aus dem Begleittext von Ian Carson © 1996
Deutsch: Ute Mansfeldt

Recordings

Bach: Bach Transcribed
Studio Master: SIGCD156Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bach Arrangements
CDA67309
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 2 - Ferruccio Busoni
CDA67324
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 3 - Friedman, Grainger & Murdoch
CDA67344
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 9 - A Bach Book for Harriet Cohen
CDA67767
Bach: Sonatas & Chorales
CKD275Download only
Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 1
Studio Master: SIGCD800Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bach: Wachet auf!
CDA67071/22CDs Archive Service
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

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Track 1 on CDA67071/2 CD1 [5'32] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 4 on CDA67309 [4'18]
Track 5 on CDA67324 [3'07]
Track 5 on CDA67767 [4'58]
Track 5 on CKD275 [4'05] Download only
Track 10 on SIGCD156 [5'17] Download only
Track 7 on SIGCD800 [1'45] Download only
Track 1 on CDS44121/36 CD10 [5'32] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
Arrangement: Morning Song

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