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Fughetta super Dies sind die heiligen zehn Gebot, BWV679

1739; Clavier-Übung iii, Leipzig

The smaller manualiter setting is a complete contrast. The energy of the opening repeated Gs leads to a Gigue-like dance in 12/8, with large leaps and semiquaver interjections. A fughetta, the chorale melody is hidden in the opening subject. Williams suggests, on the scholarship of Robin Leaver, that this ‘strange jig’ may derive from Luther’s words ‘in the Lesser Catechism: ‘we should … cheerfully do what he has commanded’’ (see Williams 2003 p.410). Indeed, the work’s theological symbolism goes further, with Bach giving ten entries of subject, corresponding to each Commandment.

from notes by George Parsons © 2020


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