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Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV614

circa 1713/7; Weimar; Orgelbüchlein
commissioned by Harriet Cohen and first published by Oxford University Press in A Bach Book for Harriet Cohen; first performed at the Queen's Hall on 17 October 1932

Arthur Bliss took the chorale prelude Das alte Jahr vergangen ist BWV614 from Bach’s Orgelbüchlein as the subject of his arrangement. This is a notably restrained, even reverential setting, with discreet octave doubling of bass and upper lines sensitively supporting the melody, though at one point requiring wide skips by the left hand to encompass Bach’s harmony.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2010

Arthur Bliss opta, lui, pour un arrangement du prélude-choral Das alte Jahr vergangen ist BWV614, puisé dans l’Orgelbüchlein de Bach. Il s’y montre remarquable de retenue, voire révérencieux: un discret redoublement à l’octave des lignes grave et supérieure épaule la mélodie, avec sensibilité, encore qu’il faille, à un moment, de larges sauts à la main gauche pour englober l’harmonie bachienne.

extrait des notes rédigées par Calum MacDonald © 2010
Français: Hypérion

Arthur Bliss wählte das Choralvorspiel Das alte Jahr vergangen ist BWV614 aus Bachs Orgelbüchlein zum Thema seines Arrangements, einer deutlich zurückhaltenden, ja ehrfürchtigen Transkription mit diskreter Oktavverdoppelung von Bass und Oberstimmen zur einfühlsamen Unterstützung der Melodie, die jedoch an einer Stelle weite Sprünge in der linken Hand zur Bewältigung von Bachs Harmonie erfordert.

aus dem Begleittext von Calum MacDonald © 2010
Deutsch: Henning Weber


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