Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 625)

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from Das Orgelbüchlein by Johann Sebastian Bach

Background[edit]

The text of this chorale comes from Martin Luther's paraphrase of the Easter sequence Victimae paschali laudes.[1]

The text and mood of this chorale is one of great joy and triumph, celebrating life and victory over death. The English translation of the text is as follows:

Christ lay in death's fetters,
given up for our sin.
He rose again
and brought us life.
Therefore let us be glad,
praise and thank God,
and sing Alleluia!
Alleluia!
[2]

Registration and Organs[edit]

To convey the feeling of triumph and joy, a big and full registration will help to convey this message.

Registration might include:
Manual: 8', 4', 2' (Principals) + Mixture
Pedal: 16', 8', 4' (Principals) + Reed

Fingering and Pedaling[edit]

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Articulation and Phrasing[edit]

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Ornamentation[edit]

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Tempo and Meter[edit]

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Scores and Editions[edit]

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Recordings[edit]

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Free Online[edit]

James Kibbie, 1717 Trost organ, St. Walpurgis, Großengottern, Germany, using _____.

Pay to Listen[edit]

William Porter at the 1723 Hildebrandt at Störmthal., including 10 other pieces from Das Orgelbuchlein.

Other Resources[edit]

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Notes[edit]

  1. Peter Williams, The Organ Music of J. S. Bach, 2nd ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), 285.
  2. Johann Sebastian Bach: Orgelbuchlein. Ed. Robert Clark and John David Peterson. (St. Louis, MO: Concordia, 1984), 90.

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