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Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV762


The beautiful setting of the Lord’s Prayer, Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV762, in what has come to be known as ‘the Buxtehude style’, has a decorated cantus firmus accompanied by imitative lines which foreshadow the phrases of the chorale. After a leisurely introduction in which the chorale is anticipated in full-length notes, the speed of the accompanying lines is doubled from the second line onwards. The slight angularity of the melodic line is softened by the introduction of triplets in the penultimate phrase, a particularly affecting touch.

from notes by Stephen Westrop © 1999

La magnifique mise en musique du Notre Père, Vater unser in Himmelreich, BWV762 sise dans ce qu’on allait appeler le «style de Buxtehude», présente un cantus firmus orné, accompagné de lignes imitatives préfigurant les phrases du choral. Passé une nonchalante introduction, où le choral est anticipé en notes longues, la vitesse des lignes d’accompagnement est doublée à partir de la deuxième ligne. La légère angularité de la ligne mélodique est adoucie par l’introduction de triolets à la pénultième phrase – une touche particulièrement émouvante.

extrait des notes rédigées par Stephen Westrop © 1999
Français: Hypérion

Die schöne Vertonung Vater unser im Himmelreich BWV 762 im sogenannten ‘Buxtehude-Stil’ begleitet einen verzierten Cantus firmus mit imitativen Stimmen, die die Phrasen des Chorals vorausahnen lassen. Im Anschluß an eine bedächtige Einleitung, in welcher der Choral in seinen vollen Notenwerten vorweggenommen wird, verdoppelt sich ab der zweiten Zeile das Tempo der Begleitstimmen. Der leicht kantige Charakter der Melodielinie wird durch die Einführung von Triolen in der vorletzten Phrase gemildert – eine besonders anrührende Geste.

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Westrop © 1999
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller


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