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Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV623

circa 1713/7; Weimar; Orgelbüchlein

This setting is driven by the opening pedal motif—a rest followed by two semis, followed by quavers—which gives a dance-like jollity to the affect. As has been pointed out, it is also very ‘cello-like’ (Wiilliams 2003 p.282). This motif bleeds into the inner voices, with the chorale above. The chorale is a text of thanks to God for the death of Christ, and an affirmation of the Lutheran idea of Christ’s imputed righteousness to the believer.

from notes by George Parsons © 2019


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