Das alte Jahr vergangen ist (BWV 614)

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from Das Orgelbüchlein by Johann Sebastian Bach

Background[edit]

In Das alte Jahr vergangen ist the music sounds melancholy and the text is associated with the close of the calendar year.[1] The English translation of the text is as follows:

The old year now hath passed away;
We thank Thee, O our God to-day,
That Thou hast kept us through the year,
When danger and distress ere near.[2]


Registration and Organs[edit]

Written for two manuals and pedal:
Manual I (Solo) Clairion or Oboe with soft 8' and 4' p
Manual II (Accompaniment) 8', 4' flute pp
Pedal Soft 16', 8' flute pp

Fingering and Pedaling[edit]

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Articulation and Phrasing[edit]

According to Peter Williams, the chromatic lines are best played with a legato articulation characteristic of chromatic motifs. Note in BWV 614 how the perfect cadences, which are in fact strikingly regular and uncomplicated despite the overall mood, could then help by being detached..[3] This would emphasize the poignant legato of the chromatics appearing in other parts and at the same time would mark the lines of the chorale, which is not easily grasped even by those knowing the hymn's original melody which is now embellished.[4]

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 _____.

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Notes[edit]

  1. Peter Williams, "Suggestions for Playing the Works of Bach: Motifs in the Orgelbuchlein," The American Organist 18, (September 1984), 45.
  2. Johann Sebastian Bach: Orgelbuchlein. Ed. Robert Clark and John David Peterson. (St. Louis, MO: Concordia, 1984), ____.
  3. Peter Williams, "Suggestions for Playing the Works of Bach: Motifs in the Orgelbuchlein," The American Organist 18, (September 1984), 45.
  4. Peter Williams, "Suggestions for Playing the Works of Bach: Motifs in the Orgelbuchlein," The American Organist 18, (September 1984), 45.

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