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Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV719

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Neumeister manuscript

 
The text of the first Neumeister chorale celebrates joy in the birth of Christ, and in Mary being chosen to be his mother. The melody is 15th century, and Bach’s setting seems only to use some of the chorale. He gives a fugal treatment of the first two lines, with seven entries. A cadence near the half-way point brings semiquaver runs, and there follows a fugal, though less strict, treatment of the second chorale line. The final snapshot of melody in the soprano is the second line, in normal rhythm. Peter Williams points out that the semiquaver flourish happens at the Golden Section (Williams 2003 p.459).

from notes by George Parsons © 2017

Recordings

Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 5
SIGCD805Download only 27 October 2017 Release
Bach: Neumeister Chorales
CDA67215Archive Service
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Details

Track 11 on SIGCD805 CD1 [2'02] Download only 27 October 2017 Release
Track 2 on CDA67215 [1'33] Archive Service
Track 2 on CDS44121/36 CD15 [1'33] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

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