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Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV717

1708/17; Weimar

BWV717, 711 and 715 set the chorale melody ‘Allein Gott in de Höh’ sei Ehr’’ which is a German setting of the original Latin Gloria. Its frequent employment as the basis of settings by Bach and other composers reflect the fact that it would have been sung in Lutheran churches every Sunday. BWV717 is a playful setting of the chorale, with a gently joyful affect, generated by the 12/8 compound time signature that elicits gentle quavers to accompany the chorale which is played steadily at the top of the texture. Motivic integration is achieved through the influence of the chorale’s melodic shapes on the accompaniment, an imitative two-part texture. This texture produces some particularly beautiful sequences, especially in the second section of the setting.

from notes by George Parsons © 2016


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