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Puer natus in Bethlehem, BWV603

composer
circa 1713/7; Weimar; Orgelbüchlein

 
This is a setting of the Latin text of a Christmas hymn that was associated with Epiphany (Williams 2003 p.245). Hear the chorale unfolding slowly at the top of the texture, accompanied by quavers and a wide-ranging pedal line, whose opening features a syncopated, rhythmic off-beat that can be heard throughout. This ‘response to Christmas seems to be awe or fear rather than jollity’ (Williams 2003, p.247).

from notes by George Parsons © 2019

Recordings

Bach: Orgelbüchlein
CDA66756Archive 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

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Track 11 on CDA66756 [0'52] Archive Service
Track 5 on SIGCD812 [1'42] Download only
Track 11 on CDS44121/36 CD9 [0'52] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

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