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Dies sind die heiligen zehn Gebot, BWV678

composer
1739; Clavier-Übung III, Liepzig

 
BWV678 is a peaceful setting of Luther’s text of the Ten Commandments, the first Catechism text. Bach’s setting here is an intensified trio. There are three layers of material (right hand, left hand, pedal), but the top and middle layer are each in a duet form. The left-hand chorale melody is heard in canon, perhaps symbolising God’s law, with the right and giving a pair of lines that weave in and out of each other with a pastoral affect, perhaps suggesting that God’s law is a good way to live. The subtle interplay of harmony and rhythm leads to moments of great beauty.

from notes by George Parsons © 2020

Recordings

Bach: The Clavierübung Chorales & other great chorales
CDA67213/42CDs Archive Service
Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 14
Studio Master: SIGCD814Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Details

Track 6 on CDA67213/4 CD1 [4'53] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 11 on SIGCD814 CD1 [4'22] Download only
Track 6 on CDS44121/36 CD12 [4'53] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

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