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O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV618

circa 1713/7; Weimar; Orgelbüchlein

The collection now moves on to Easter chorales, and with it comes a new texture: the chorale melody heard in the pedal. The text is a setting of the Agnus Dei from 1542, sung on Good Friday. There is a new complexity here too—the chorale in canon at the fifth, and the accompaniment in free imitation with itself—at the start it seems it could also be in canon at the octave. This is built on the setting’s chief motif—gently lilting semiquavers with a pair of demisemiquavers. Williams highlights that BWV618 forms a pair with the following setting, sharing key, theme, structure, but contrasting in, for example, affect, time signature, and length.

from notes by George Parsons © 2019


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


Track 25 on CDA66756 [2'58] Archive Service
Track 20 on SIGCD812 [3'25] Download only
Track 25 on CDS44121/36 CD9 [2'58] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

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