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(1685 - 1750)
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Bach, Johann Sebastian: Coro: "Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam" for Woodwind Ensemble

Coro: "Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam" for Woodwind Ensemble
BWV 7 No. 1
Johann Sebastian Bach

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Composer :Johann Sebastian BachBach, Johann Sebastian (1685 - 1750)
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Johann Sebastian BachMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist of the Baroque period. He enriched many established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Mass in B minor, the The Well-Tempered Clavier, his cantatas, chorales, partitas, Passions, and organ works. His music is revered for its intellectual depth, technical command, and artistic beauty.

Bach composed the cantata (BWV 7) for St. John's Day in Leipzig as the third cantata of his second annual cycle, which began about two weeks before with O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, for the First Sunday after Trinity. The prescribed readings for the Sunday were from the Book of Isaiah, "the voice of a preacher in the desert" (Isaiah 40:1–5), and from the Gospel of Luke, the birth of John the Baptist and the Benedictus of Zechariah (Luke 1:57–80). The cantata is based on Martin Luther's chorale for baptism in seven stanzas Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam. The words are used unchanged in movements 1 and 7. An unknown poet transcribed the ideas of stanzas 2–6 to a sequence of as many recitatives and arias. He did not refer to the Gospel that relates to the birth of the baptist, or to the baptism of Jesus.

In the opening chorus, the tenor sings the melody as a cantus firmus, while the other voices sing free counterpoint. In the first cantata of the cycle, O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, Bach gave the cantus firmus of the chorale tune to the soprano, in the second, Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein, to the alto. The opening chorus resembles an Italian violin concerto. Mincham describes the "solo violin's persistent, rocking, wave-like idea". Alfred Dürr compares the vocal sections, all with the solo violin, to the solo sections of a violin concerto, as opposed to the tutti sections with the orchestra. The figuration of the violin has been likened to the waves of the Jordan river.

Although this piece was originally created for chorus (tenor), strings and continuo, I created this arrangement for Woodwind Ensemble (Flutes (2), Oboes (2), Bb Clarinet & Bassoon).
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