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Fuga super Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der von uns, BWV689

1739; Clavier-Übung iii, Leipzig

The lively complexity of BWV688 is replaced in 689 with an ordinary fugue, built again from phrases of the chorale. Bach gives the text a different treatment, emphasising the intensity of the text through intensely chromatic counterpoint. He uses the rare key of F minor, and sharpens the fourth note (B natural), perhaps reflecting ‘der Höllen Pein’ in Hus’s text (‘the pain of Hell’).

from notes by George Parsons © 2020


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