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Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel auf, BWV617

circa 1713/7; Weimar; Orgelbüchlein

The chorale is unusually set in two-parts, both in the right hand. Strictly a trio setting, the trio texture is nevertheless unique: each line is idiosyncratic, with its own character, with no interplay between the parts. Against a scalic, triplet accompaniment in the left hand the pedal is syncopated, producing a line of some virtuosity. The text is a prayer for death, for the ‘unlocking’ of heaven. Williams suggests the accompaniment is ‘unstoppable’, highlighting many instances in the text of the idea (Williams 2003 p.271).

from notes by George Parsons © 2019


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