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Kyrie, Gott Heiliger Geist, BWV671

1739; Clavier-Übung III, Liepzig

Kyrie, Gott, heiliger Geist is the third of the Kyrie preludes: in the first, the chorale occurs in the highest part—God the Father—while in the second it comes in the tenor, the middle of the texture—God the Son (God among us). God, the Holy Ghost, underpins everything, and here the melody is in the bass. The manuals provide an imitative texture, thematically based on the plainsong-derived melody. (The Lutherans did not disdain to use prereformation music.) The late Pierre Boulez revered this piece as a fine example of non fugal imitation. It closes on a pedal G with a highly chromatic passage, astonishing even by the standards of Bach.

from notes by Emma Cleobury © 2016


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