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Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen, BWV1093

Neumeister manuscript

This beautiful miniature contains a wealth of material in its short span (37 bars). Its text is a Passion hymn by J Heermann, famously found in both the St John and St Matthew Passions. The melancholy affect is created by the slow-moving counterpoint, spiced with suspensions and chromatic lines. The first half of the setting is slow, containing nothing faster than a quaver, but gradually semiquavers are introduced that energise the second half of the prelude, eventually spinning out in imitation. Note the final notes of the melody are filled in chromatically, highlighting the poignancy that is at the heart of both the theology and the music of the prelude.

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 9 on CDA67215 [2'27] Archive Service
Track 15 on SIGCD805 CD1 [2'38] Download only
Track 9 on CDS44121/36 CD15 [2'27] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

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