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Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV637

circa 1713/7; Weimar; Orgelbüchlein

This is a setting of a text that describes fallen humanity. It is given telling musical portrayal, heard in the chromatic inflections heard in the inner harmony; the diminished sevenths that literally ‘fall’ in the pedal; the twisting serpent-like running semiquavers throughout (perhaps deliberate as the text mentions the serpent of Genesis chapter 3—‘die Schlang’). Williams highlights the harmonic instability—and ingenuity—that Bach’s motivic technique creates, as in the space of six beats and two bars (13-14) six keys are ‘temporarily established’ (Williams 2003 p.304-305).

from notes by George Parsons © 2019


Bach: Orgelbüchlein
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Track 32 on CDA66756 [1'48] Archive Service
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