On a an initial hearing, this piece might only just count together a chorale arrangement, together we need to wait until nearly the end to obtain a recognisable glimpse the the well-known melody Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, a German adaptation of the Gloria. However just together in BWV 662 and 663, the theme is actually almost everywhere (the virtuoso operation skirt or ornament the melody), only now Bach is hiding that behind one exuberant dancy piece pervaded by Italian elegance.The factor for so lot cheerfulness is not only a music one, return Bach has plainly enjoyed himself in the clear, virtuoso sonata format from across the Alps. He even gives two imitations of the arpeggios or broken chords heard so regularly in Venetian violin music. Yet Bach goes further and imbues the item with strong Trinity symbolism the is deep rooted in Luther’s sermons. If we regard BWV 662 as a rendition the the Father and 663 together the Son, then this chorale setup is unmistakeably a reflection of the divine Ghost, the Giver of Life, whom Luther always portrayed together the resource of joy and comfort in his Whitsun sermons. The divine Ghost promises that mankind have the right to share in the easy of the angels. So nothing might be more natural than 2 (heavenly?) voices tumbling end one another above a straightforward baroque base line. And also when the original melody does surface ar suddenly amidst your revelry, that is where you hear Bach’s genius. In order to emphasise his devotion, he additionally signed the job-related with S.D.G.: ‘Soli Deo Gloria’.

18 Choräle/Leipziger Choräle, BWV 651-668In the last ten year of his life, Bach gathered together and completed a collection of chorale arrangements, presumably to plan to have them published, similar to the third component of the Clavier-Übung in 1739. It comes to a an option of his compositions native much earlier years, as soon as he was functioning as an organist in Weimar, Arnstadt and Mühlhausen. The collection came to be known together the 18 Choräle or Leipziger Choräle. Incidentally, 18 Choräle is a misleading title, together the set originally comprised 17 pieces. The eighteenth, Vor deinen Thron tret ich (BWV 668), was included to Bach’s manuscript later on.

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BWV 664 location Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr Instrument body organ Genre body organ works Serie 18 Choräle (organ) Year 1708-1717/1739-1742 City Weimar/Leipzig distinct notes There room three recognized sources: a draft and an early version indigenous Weimar (664b and a) and the Leipzig variation (664).

Organist Reitze Smits

“It's a joyous piece like a trio sonata for 2 violins and a bass part.”

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Release date 24 October 2014 Recording day 29 November 2013 location Lutheran Church, The Hague Organist Reitze Smits organ registration Arjan de Vos body organ Johann Heinrich Hartmann Bätz, 1762

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