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Ach, was soll ich Sünder machen?, BWV770

composer
chorale partita; doubtful attribution

 
The text of BWV770 concerns the awakening of a sinner’s guilty conscience, and the Christian hope of trusting in Jesus Christ for salvation. It is given in ten parts (‘Partitas’), the first is the chorale. Partita I, the chorale, projects real gravitas through its texture and rhythmic animation. Partita II is set in a harpsichord texture, with a walking bass and a simple ornamented right hand. Partita III develops this with right-hand semiquavers, in the style of a violin obligato. Partita IV changes the texture to that of broken chords, with striking turns of harmony and melody and the chorale soaring over the top. Partita V features running semiquavers in the left hand below the chorale, and Partita VI a more virtuosic violinistic right hand, with bigger leaps and broken chords. Partita VII is marked by a change of metre, before striking right-hand figurations in demisemiquavers in Partita VIII. The final two partitas are longer and weightier. Partita IX is in a triple-time, with charming echo effects, and Partita X an ‘Allegro’, also with echo effects that perhaps reference the French Dialogue tradition, as well as speed and metre changes, and some challenging shifts of register on the keyboards.

from notes by George Parsons © 2017

Recordings

Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 5
Studio Master: SIGCD805Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bach: Partitas & Canonic Variations
CDA66455Archive Service
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Details

Complete: Partitas I-X
Track 5 on CDA66455 [12'26] Archive Service
Track 5 on CDS44121/36 CD14 [12'26] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
No 01: Partita I
Track 1 on SIGCD805 CD1 [0'53] Download only
No 02: Partita II
Track 2 on SIGCD805 CD1 [0'42] Download only
No 03: Partita III
Track 3 on SIGCD805 CD1 [1'00] Download only
No 04: Partita IV
Track 4 on SIGCD805 CD1 [1'04] Download only
No 05: Partita V
Track 5 on SIGCD805 CD1 [0'44] Download only
No 06: Partita VI
Track 6 on SIGCD805 CD1 [0'44] Download only
No 07: Partita VII
Track 7 on SIGCD805 CD1 [0'42] Download only
No 08: Partita VIII
Track 8 on SIGCD805 CD1 [0'48] Download only
No 09: Partita IX
Track 9 on SIGCD805 CD1 [2'49] Download only
No 10: Partita X
Track 10 on SIGCD805 CD1 [3'46] Download only

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