Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt (BWV 637)

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from Das Orgelbüchlein by Johann Sebastian Bach

Background[edit]

Bach's chorale arrangement of Durch Adams Fall is famous for pictorial symbolism. The interval of a descending diminished seventh in the bass describes the sinful fall, the alternation between major and minor (f sharp and f natural) mankind's vacillation, while an undulating alto voice portrays the snake in paradise.[1] It has also been suggested the five-note figure stated initially by the alto, with its major/minor dualism, might well be a metaphor for corruption.[2]
Chromaticism is constant in this work. Dissonant notes are just as likely to be approached by leap (note the many diminished sevenths and tritones) as by step, and the dissonance is often left unresolved.[3]

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Notes[edit]

  1. Karl Geiringer, Johann Sebastian Bach (New York: Oxford University Press, 1966), 236.
  2. Russell Stinson, BACH: The Orgelbüchlein (New York: Schirmer Books, 1996), 97.
  3. Stinson, BACH: The Orgelbüchlein, 97.
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