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Ach Gott und Herr, BWV714

Neumeister manuscript

This is a setting that, like others, manages to combine a large variety of musical ideas in a short span. Opening with an introduction of long semibreves, the metre eventually increases to crotchets and, after the chorale enters, occasional quavers. The chorale is heard in canon between the soprano and tenor. The musical events are perhaps explained by the text of the chorale, a lament to human sinfulness. Particularly, the ‘gross und schwer’ (‘great and heavy’) quality of the sin is reflected in the anguished, slow moving, and chordal (‘heavy’) introduction, and generally muted affect of the whole.

from notes by George Parsons © 2017


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