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Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig, BWV644

circa 1713/7; Weimar; Orgelbüchlein

The last setting of the collection is strongly characterised—note the leaping pedal octaves heard throughout (descending) against the rising scales in the inner parts, heard at the outset. It sets a text from 1652 describing the futility of life, given musical expression here: Williams posits a link between scale patterns and ‘life’s transience’ in Bach’s mind, given common usage in Cantata 26 , which is based on the same chorale (Williams 2003 p.315).

from notes by George Parsons © 2019


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