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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


Bach: The Clavierübung Chorales & other great chorales
CDA67213/42CDs Archive Service
Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 3
Studio Master: SIGCD803Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted


Track 13 on CDA67213/4 CD2 [2'40] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 2 on SIGCD803 [3'41] Download only
Track 13 on CDS44121/36 CD13 [2'40] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for CDS44121/36 disc 13 track 13

Recording date
9 May 1998
Recording venue
Stadtkirche, Zofingen, Switzerland
Recording producer
Paul Spicer
Recording engineer
Paul Niederberger
Hyperion usage
  1. Bach: The Clavierübung Chorales & other great chorales (CDA67213/4)
    Disc 2 Track 13
    Release date: January 1999
    Deletion date: March 2011
    2CDs Archive Service
  2. Bach: The Complete Organ Works (CDS44121/36)
    Disc 13 Track 13
    Release date: October 2002
    Deletion date: March 2009
    16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
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