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Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV730

1708/17; Weimar ?

BWV730 is a harmonized version of the chorale tune, in five parts. Its texture and working are stylistically reminiscent of the Orgelbüchlein chorales. Embellishment is kept to a minimum; there is none at all for the first half of the chorale, but some included in the second half. The skill of the setting lies in its harmony and rhythm, the phrases dovetailed neatly with overlapping suspensions prepared by an off-beat pedal rhythm, producing an affect of yearning. The second half also features an elegant walking bass, giving momentum. To some this has also suggested the lines of the text ‘von der Erden ganz zu dir’ (‘from the earth wholly towards you’).

from notes by George Parsons © 2018


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