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Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, BWV701


BWV701 is given in an airy three-part texture, characterised by semiquavers, perhaps highlighting the idea of descent ‘from heaven’ (von himmel) of this Christmas chorale’s title. As the harmonies shift, so the subject moulds to fit them by quoting other lines of the chorale’s melody. In some of the counterpoint, especially the use of scalic figures, this little prelude perhaps forms a little study for the Variations on this chorale, BWV769.

from notes by George Parsons © 2017


Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 6
Studio Master: SIGCD806Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 24 on SIGCD806 [1'27] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD806 track 24

Recording date
2 January 2016
Recording venue
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Matthew O'Donovan
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
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  1. Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 6 (SIGCD806)
    Disc 1 Track 24
    Release date: December 2017
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