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Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV718

before 1708

‘Christ lag in Todesbanden’ is one of Luther’s Easter texts and set to a chorale that was used a number of times by Bach. BWV718 is a chorale fantasia: relatively small-scale in length, but ambitious and far-ranging in scope and style. The melody throughout is stylised with ornaments and the accompaniment based on a repeated rhythmic figure. The setting moves from a two-part texture at the start to three- and even four-part textures later, with the pedal enters for a reiteration of the final ‘Hallelujah’.

from notes by George Parsons © 2019


Bach: The Clavierübung Chorales & other great chorales
CDA67213/42CDs Archive Service
Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 11
Studio Master: SIGCD811Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted


Track 12 on CDA67213/4 CD2 [4'54] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 3 on SIGCD811 [5'00] Download only
Track 12 on CDS44121/36 CD13 [4'54] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

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