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Komm, heiliger Geist Herre Gott, BWV651

1708/17; revised into Leipzig Chorales collection, the '18' circa 1744/7

The first prelude of the set is a wonderful opening statement, a fast whirlwind fantasia in organo pleno, with the chorale melody given in the pedals below semiquavers in the manuals that play lengthy episodes between the statements of the chorale. There is an unmistakable link to the theme of Pentecost suggested by music that seems to depict the rushing wind of the Holy Spirit, although no link to Acts 2 is made in the actual chorale text. Rather, the images in the chorale text of ‘brünstig Lieb’ (‘ardent love’) and the ‘Glanz’ (‘brilliance’) of the light of faith found in the gathered people of God provide other possible starting points for the writing.

from notes by George Parsons © 2017


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