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Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter, BWV650

composer
circa 1748/9; Schübler Chorale No 6; arrangement of Cantata 137 movement 2

 
With this prelude, the underlying theme of the Schüblers comes full circle, with a return to the season of Advent and the new relationship with God, but with the sadness of experience rather than the joy of the bride. The chorale words ask: ‘Jesus, are you coming from heaven to earth now? Can my lamentation and trouble bring you to take human form?’

The chorale melody was—and is—more familiar as the tune of another hymn. In the cantata version an alto soloist sings the words ‘Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth’ from Lobe den Herren. The cantata (No 137) was first performed on the twelfth Sunday after Trinity in 1725, and the violin obbligato (or organ right hand) may portray the ‘eagles’ wings’ of the text, an image whose biblical resonances relate to Advent (Isaiah) and the Promised Land (Exodus).

from notes by Ian Carson © 1996

Mit diesem Präludium schließt die unterliegende Melodie der Schüblerschen Choräle einen Kreis, indem zur Adventszeit und einer neuen Beziehung zu Gott zurückgekehrt wird, die nun jedoch eher mit trauernder Erfahrung angefüllt ist, als mit der Freude der Braut Christi.

Die Choralmelodie war—und ist—als Melodie einer anderen Hymne eher bekannt. In der Kantatenversion singt ein Altsolo die Worte ‘Lobet den Herrn, der über allem so wunderbar herrscht’ aus Lobet den Herrn. Die Kantate (Nr. 137) wurde erstmals am zwölften Sonntag nach Trinitatis im Jahr 1725 gespielt, und die obligate Violine (oder die rechte Hand der Orgel) mag die ‘Adlerflügel’ des Textes porträtieren, ein Bild, dessen biblische Resonanz dem Advent (Jesaja) und dem Gelobten Land (2. Buch Mose) entspricht.

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

Recordings

Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 4 - Samuel Feinberg
CDA674682CDs for the price of 1
Bach: Sonatas & Chorales
CKD275Download only
Bach: Wachet auf!
CDA67071/22CDs Archive Service
The Composer-Pianists
CDA67050Archive Service
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

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Track 5 on CDA67050 [3'29] Archive Service
Track 6 on CDA67071/2 CD1 [3'16] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 11 on CDA67468 CD1 [3'21] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 9 on CKD275 [3'22] Download only
Track 6 on CDS44121/36 CD10 [3'16] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

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