No.34 Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend

Johann Sebastian Bach

No.34 Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend


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This work, Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend (Lord Jesus Christ, be present now), is not to be confused with the chorale prelude of the same title, BWV 709. The BWV 632 chorale prelude is the first of 12 comprising the so-titled "Glaubenslieder" (Songs of Faith), the last section of Bach's Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book), which consists of 45 chorale preludes composed when Bach was Court organist in Weimar under the Duke of Sachsen-Weimar. The first 33 chorale preludes in the Orgelbüchlein are associated with Lutheran feast days, while the dozen works in the "Glaubenslieder" feature various religious subjects. This work opens with the joyous chorale theme played in the upper register with moderate pacing, while its contrapuntal accompaniment is livelier and quite rhythmic, in the end giving the whole work a sense of animation. The low drones of the pedal subtly enhance the upbeat atmosphere of the piece and the character of the writing described here holds true for the entirety of this one-and-a-half minute piece. The work calls for two keyboards and pedal; most organ aficionados and Baroque music enthusiasts will find much to their liking here.