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O Gott, du frommer Gott, BWV767

composer
circa 1700; chorale partita

 
In his earliest years, recent research indicates that, besides studying with Böhm, the influence of Reinken was considerable, and the earliest chorale partitas of Bach (on stylistic grounds—the autographs are missing and the sources comparatively late) Christ, der du bist der helle Tag BWV766 and O Gott, du frommer Gott BWV767 are clearly within the precepts of his mentors, encompassing also certain French elements as absorbed by Böhm. The bicinium with angular gamba-like continuo line, made up of ostinato repetition supporting a sometimes plain, sometimes decorated chorale, with or without developing interludes (766, 767 Partita II), the contrapuntal texture developing an incisive rhythmic motive (766 Partita III, 767 IX), the chorale disguised in violin-like figuration (766, 767 IV), and other expected techniques—the subjective illustration of succeeding verse texts (766), the late-placed intensely chromatic setting (767 VIII)—are immediately observable.

from notes by Robin Langley © 1991

Ganz zu Anfang, das hat die neuere Forschung erwiesen, wurde Bach abgesehen davon, daß er bei Böhm studierte, erheblich von Reincken beeinflußt, und seine ersten Choralpartiten Christ, der du bist der helle Tag (BWV766) und O Gott, du frommer Gott (BWV767) bewegen sich (stilistisch—die Urschriften sind verschollen und die aufgefundenen Quellen relativ späten Datums) klar in dem von seinen Mentoren vorgegebenen Rahmen, bis hin zu bestimmten von Böhm aufgenommenen französischen Einflüssen. Auf den ersten Blick erkennbar sind das Bicinium mit kantiger, dem Gambencontinuo verwandter Generalbaßlinie, die aus ostinaten Wiederholungen zusammengesetzt ist und einen manchmal einfachen, manchmal verzierten Choral mit oder ohne durchführende Zwischenspiele stützt (766, 767 Partita II), die kontrapunktische Struktur, die ein prägnantes rhythmisches Motiv ausführt (766, Partita III, 767 IX), der Choral im Gewande violinartiger Figuration (766, 767 IV) und andere gebräuchliche Techniken—beispielsweise die subjektive Illustration aufeinanderfolgender Strophentexte (766) und die spät einsetzende, stark chromatische Umsetzung (767 VIII).

aus dem Begleittext von Robin Langley © 1991
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

Recordings

Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 3
Studio Master: SIGCD803Download only NEWStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bach: Partitas & Canonic Variations
CDA66455Archive Service
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Details

Track 4 on CDA66455 [14'25] Archive Service
Track 4 on CDS44121/36 CD14 [14'25] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
Movement 1: Partita 1: Chorale
Track 8 on SIGCD803 [1'00] Download only NEW
Movement 2: Partita 2
Track 9 on SIGCD803 [2'27] Download only NEW
Movement 3: Partita 3
Track 10 on SIGCD803 [1'21] Download only NEW
Movement 4: Partita 4
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Movement 5: Partita 5
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Movement 6: Partita 6
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Movement 7: Partita 7
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Movement 8: Partita 8
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Movement 9: Partita 9
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