Bach for Holy Week #7 – Easter Sunday

Bach for Holy Week #7 – Easter Sunday

Christ is erstanden BWV 627 This is a larger scale work from the Orgelbüchlein, in three verses as set out below. You can imagine after the austere season of Lent, Bach stunning the congregation with this chorale on full organ as they arrive in the church. Christ is...
Bach for Holy Week #6 – Holy Saturday

Bach for Holy Week #6 – Holy Saturday

Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig, BWV 768 – Chorale and Partita 10 Following on from Monday’s partitas, today we have the sensational Partita X, written in 5 parts. The Partita – very much reminiscent of the techniques in Bach’s Cantatas – opens with a figure in the...
Bach for Holy Week #5 – Good Friday

Bach for Holy Week #5 – Good Friday

Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig, BWV 768 – Chorale and Partita I Partita I is thought to represent the death of Christ. Bach (a keen and accomplished mathematician) is known to have used number symbology in his compositions and this may be a superb example. Taking letter A...
Bach for Holy Week #4 – Maundy Thursday

Bach for Holy Week #4 – Maundy Thursday

O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß BWV 622 Another of the extraordinarily beautiful chorales from the Orgelbüchlein, Bach’s genius is revealed here in the incredibly expressive solo upper voice. Add to that the ending which is very unusual both harmonically and...
Bach for Holy Week #3

Bach for Holy Week #3

Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig, BWV 768 – Chorale and Partitas VIII and IX Partita VIII is in the unusual time signature of 24/16 (24 semiquavers in each bar, in four groups of 6) making it dance-like and more exuberant than the other Partitas, and features a staccato bass...