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Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV662

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

The three chorales on ‘Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr’ reflect a diversity of stylistic approaches to the chorale. BWV662 is in a sunny A major with the chorale in the soprano register. Bach reworks the chorale melody into an expressive coloratura, richly ornamented. The expressivity influences the three-part accompaniment, whose motives track those of the chorale. The general affect lent to the prelude is one of yearning, intensified by dissonant harmonies. The ending is especially beautiful as the cadence is extended after the final note of the chorale: the melody moves from representing the chorale melody to commenting upon it as the ‘gross Fried’ (‘great peace’) of the text is given musical expression, through the silencing of the accompaniment, and a free cadenza with sudden rests in the middle, the music coming to a peaceful end on the final A before the accompaniment joins for the final cadence.

from notes by George Parsons © 2017


Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 4 - Samuel Feinberg
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Bach: Wachet auf!
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Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted


Track 12 on CDA67071/2 CD1 [7'02] 2CDs Archive Service
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Track 4 on SIGCD804 CD2 [7'11] Download only
Track 12 on CDS44121/36 CD10 [7'02] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for CDS44121/36 disc 10 track 12

Recording date
21 April 1995
Recording venue
Jesuitenkirche, Lucerne, Switzerland
Recording producer
Paul Spicer
Recording engineer
Paul Niederberger
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  1. Bach: Wachet auf! (CDA67071/2)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: April 1996
    Deletion date: September 2005
    2CDs Archive Service
  2. Bach: The Complete Organ Works (CDS44121/36)
    Disc 10 Track 12
    Release date: October 2002
    Deletion date: March 2009
    16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
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