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Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV720

1709; Weimar

This short chorale prelude on Luther’s paraphrase of Psalm 46 is densely packed. Williams describes it as a catalogue of various chorale prelude genres, including dialogue, two-part imitation above basso continuo and bicinium, in which the chorale melody is accompanied by a lively bass and broken chord figurations. The chorale melody is split between parts through the setting in the context of lively imitative counterpoint, which is contains a ‘tapestry of paraphrases’ of the chorale melody (Williams 2003 p.460). There is some debate about the provenance of this setting. It is possibly linked to the opening of a rebuilt organ at the Divi-Blasii Church in Mülhausen in 1709, but others argue for an earlier date. Whatever the accuracy, the setting contains ample opportunity for organ effects with dialogue, trio, and quartet textures found throughout.

from notes by George Parsons © 2018


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