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Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel auf, BWV1092

Neumeister manuscript

BWV1092 features a striking opposition between fast (semiquaver and demisemiquaver) embellishments that underpin the chorale, and the four-part hymn-like texture of conventional chorale harmonization. It is tempting to see in this contrast a symbolic reference to the spheres of the earth (with its ‘struggle’) and eternity (with its ‘rest’) that is central to the text of the chorale’s first verse. In any case, the musical result of this opposition is a catalogue of chorale embellishments, creating almost a miniature chorale partita. Note the characteristic echo effects at the start and end of the chorale, the latter playing around with the inflection of the chorale melody’s D/D sharp to provide a sense of momentum to the final embellished cadence.

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 8 on CDA67215 [2'04] Archive Service
Track 14 on SIGCD805 CD1 [2'32] Download only
Track 8 on CDS44121/36 CD15 [2'04] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

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