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Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV719

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


Bach: Neumeister Chorales
CDA67215Archive Service
Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 5
Studio Master: SIGCD805Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted


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

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