In dich hab ich gehoffet, Herr

Johann Sebastian Bach

In dich hab ich gehoffet, Herr


About this work

This is one of those Bach's chorale preludes not belonging to a larger set, although it is often identified with the Kirnberger Collection. After the composer's death, Johann Philipp Kirnberger (1721 -- 1783), a nearly lifelong admirer of Bach, began collecting many of his manuscripts in a library, which eventually became known as the Kirnberger Collection. Among those manuscripts was the score to this work, "In dich hab ich gehoffet, Herr" (In You I have put my trust, Lord). It is not to be confused with the even briefer chorale prelude of the same title appearing in the "Glaubenslieder" section of Bach's masterful Orgelbüchlein. As many already know, the composer made numerous versions -- usually quite different ones -- of various chorale preludes: there are, for example, at least eight different renditions of Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend. In this BWV 712 chorale prelude, Bach gives the chorale theme a lively, jaunty treatment and, not surprisingly, supplies spirited contrapuntal activity, much of the writing actually fugal. About midway through, the music breaks away from the previous material and revels in a variant whose descending pattern exudes joy and playfulness right to the end. This charming chorale prelude typically has a duration of just over two minutes.