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Bach, Johann Christoph Johann Christoph Bach
Germany Germany
(1642 - 1703)
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Bach, Johann Christoph: "Allein Gott in Der Höh' Sei Ehr" for Woodwind Trio

"Allein Gott in Der Höh' Sei Ehr" for Woodwind Trio
Johann Christoph Bach



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Composer :Johann Christoph BachBach, Johann Christoph (1642 - 1703)
Instrumentation :

Flute, 2 Clarinet in Bb, Bass Clarinet

Style :

Baroque

Arranger :
Publisher :
Johann Christoph BachMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Copyright :Public Domain
Johann Christoph Bach (1642 – 1703) was a German composer and organist of the Baroque period. He was born at Arnstadt, the son of Heinrich Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach's great uncle, hence he was Johann Sebastian's first cousin once removed. He was also the uncle of Maria Barbara Bach, J.S. Bach's first wife. He is not to be confused with Johann Sebastian's Bach's son, Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach.

Johann Christoph had a reputation as a composer that was only equalled by that of Johann Sebastian within the Bach family during his lifetime. He was organist at Eisenach and later a member of the court chamber orchestra there. His brother, Johann Michael Bach (Johann Sebastian Bach's father-in-law and Maria Barbara's father), was also a composer. Some of the works were later attributed to Johann Sebastian, but were recently recognized as written by Johann Christoph. One of the most famous works is the cantata Meine Freundin, du bist schön, based on the Song of Solomon. His eldest son, Johann Nicolaus Bach, was also a composer.

Allein Gott in der Höh sei Her-- The German Gloria (in excelsis Deo) is based in part on the Gregorian chant “Gloria in excelsis” from the Latin Late Medieval Liturgy and on a “Sanctus in festis duplicibus” of the “Graduale Romanum”. The first section (Stollen) of “Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr” is similar to a 10th century Easter song which subsequently spread to other countries. It was Nikolaus Decius (c1485-after 1546) who pulled together various existing melodic strands and probably used this melody with a slightly different text in Braunschweig in 1522. Unfortunately, the original sources of Decius’s melodies and texts from this period have been lost; this is why later dates such as 1525 (Rostock) are generally given where sources have confirmed his authorship. Nevertheless, Decius is considered to be the author and composer of the oldest Evangelical Lutheran chorales (Luther wrote his first chorale a year later). His [Decius’s] melodies are based on those used in the Latin Mass, but he reformed and reshaped them to reflect the style of the folksongs of his time. There are three chorales which can be traced back to him. They are (with the original Low German titles): 1. "Aleyne God yn der Höge sy eere", 2. "Hyllich ys Godt de vader", 3. "O Lam Gades vnschüldich" [“Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr”, "Heilig ist Gott der Vater”, and “O Lamm Gottes unschuldig”]. These chorales were designed to replace the “Gloria”, “Sanctus”, and “Agnus dei” of the Roman Mass and were to be sung by the congregation. Originally a firm supporter of Luther, Decius later sided more with reformed doctrine. This may explain why Luther later accepted only the Decius melody, but not his original text. Just what the differences in text may have amounted to is not clear, but certainly Luther’s task also involved translating the Low German into Luther’s language, Middle German (which later became the main basis for High German).

Although originally written for voice, I created this arrangement for Woodwind Trio (Flute, Bb Clarinet and Bass Clarinet).
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Added by magataganm the 2012-12-28


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This sheet music is part of the collection of magataganm :
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