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Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV639

circa 1713/7; Weimar; Orgelbüchlein

The text of this chorale cries out to Christ for grace. It is given a beautifully characterised setting, in F minor, similarly conceived to the previous two, with semiquaver inner lines and a quaver bass. The left hand’s running line emphasises sighing figures and deftly brings out touching harmony to project the gentle melancholy of the affect. The setting sounds like a transcribed string trio, which has led some to see it as a reworking of a—perhaps lost—cantata movement.

from notes by George Parsons © 2019


Bach Arrangements
Bach, Handel & Scarlatti (D): Gamba Sonatas
Studio Master: CDA68045Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bach: Orgelbüchlein
CDA66756Archive Service
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 1 - Ferruccio Busoni
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 7 - Max Reger
CDA676832CDs for the price of 1 — Archive Service
Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 12
Studio Master: SIGCD812Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted


Track 3 on CDA66566 [4'14]
Track 1 on CDA66756 [2'18] Archive Service
Track 5 on CDA67309 [2'48]
Track 4 on CDA67683 CD2 [2'48] 2CDs for the price of 1 — Archive Service
Track 19 on CDA68045 [2'54]
Track 41 on SIGCD812 [2'05] Download only
Track 1 on CDS44121/36 CD9 [2'18] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

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