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Wir Christenleut, BWV1090

Neumeister manuscript

BWV1090 features a chorale with another Christmas text, rejoicing in the birth of Christ. This joy (‘Freud’) seems to be the affect projected by the first part of this three-part setting, with its running semiquavers underneath the chorale melody. The latter sections are marked by changes of metre, from duple to triple time. The triple time coincides with the text highlighting redemption, and the change back to duple surely highlights the text’s phrase ‘glaubet fest’ (‘believes firmly’). The effect of these changes is ingenious over such a short piece.

from notes by George Parsons © 2017


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


Track 12 on SIGCD805 CD1 [2'11] Download only NEW
Track 6 on CDA67215 [2'03] Archive Service
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Track-specific metadata for CDA67215 track 6

Recording date
18 April 1999
Recording venue
Stadtkirche, Zofingen, Switzerland
Recording producer
Paul Spicer
Recording engineer
Paul Niederberger
Hyperion usage
  1. Bach: Neumeister Chorales (CDA67215)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: January 2000
    Deletion date: June 2016
    Archive Service
  2. Bach: The Complete Organ Works (CDS44121/36)
    Disc 15 Track 6
    Release date: October 2002
    Deletion date: March 2009
    16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
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