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O sacred head, sore wounded – Passion Chorale

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O sacred head, sore wounded
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The chorale melody O sacred head, sore wounded (often known as the 'Passion Chorale') was written by Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612), and harmonized by J S Bach (five times in his St Matthew Passion, but also in several other works). The text is by Paul Gerhardt. Originally Hassler composed the melody for a love-song, but it was subsequently adapted—firstly in 1613, to the words Herzlich tut mich verlangen ('I do desire dearly a blessed end') and then, in 1656, to Gerhardt’s O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden ('O sacred head, sore wounded').

from notes by Phillip Borg-Wheeler © 2019


The Hymns Album, Vol. 2
Studio Master: SIGCD572Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 10 on SIGCD572 [4'04] Download only

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Recording date
15 July 2018
Recording venue
Huddersfield Town Hall, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Tim Thorne
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & James Waterhouse
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  1. The Hymns Album, Vol. 2 (SIGCD572)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: April 2019
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