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(1685 - 1750)
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Bach, Johann Sebastian: Chorale: "Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren" for Wind Quintet

Chorale: "Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren" for Wind Quintet
BWV 28 No 2
Johann Sebastian Bach




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Composer :Johann Sebastian BachBach, Johann Sebastian (1685 - 1750)
Instrumentation :

Woodwind quintet : Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Horn, Bassoon

Style :

Baroque

Arranger :
Publisher :
Johann Sebastian BachMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Copyright :Public Domain
Gottlob! nun geht das Jahr zu Ende (Praise God! The year now draws to a close), BWV 28,[a] is a church cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach for the Sunday after Christmas. He first performed it on 30 December 1725.

The cantata opens with an oboe trio playing an Italianate ritornello of four phrases, accompanied by the strings; the roles of the two choirs are later reversed. The soprano sings a virtuosic and melismatic aria commanding the listener to praise God.

The following chorale expands the command from the individual to the collective, adopting an "archaic" motet form. It is reminiscent of the movements which opened most of Bach's chorale cantatas, composed as a cycle the previous year. The cantus firmus is sung in long notes by the soprano while the lower voices add "skilful imitatory texture, partly from new themes and partly from ideas derived from the chorale line in question", as Klaus Hofmann notes. The instruments play colla parte in motet style with the voices, doubled by a quartet of cornetto and trombones. The music in stile antico was performed at the end of John Eliot Gardiner's Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in 2000, who described its "sobriety and complexity, its buried treasures and subtleties, especially those that occur in its last fifty bars, in which you sense some immense cosmic struggle being played out".

The third movement, a bass arioso, repeats the ascending scalar motif of the chorus. The tenor recitative is accompanied by sustained chordal strings and concludes on a major harmony. The continuo opens the duet aria with a two-part ritornello – dancing eighth notes followed by fast arpeggiated figures – that is repeated three more times during this movement. The vocal lines sing three blocks of imitative motivic entries. In the style of Italian chamber duets, the voices first render a thought in imitation, "coming together each time for a concluding cadence".

The cantata concludes with a four-part chorale in A minor. Gardiner, who had conducted several versions during the Pilgrimage, notes the moving power of this harmonisation of the "prayer for protection and sustenance in the year to come".

The cantata is scored for four vocal soloists (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) and four-part choir, cornetto, three trombones, two oboes, taille, two violins, viola and continuo.

Source: Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gottlob!_nun_geht_das_Ja hr_zu_Ende,_BWV_28).

I created this arrangement of the first Chorale: "Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren" (Now praise, my soul, the Lord) for Wind Quintet (Flute, Oboe, English Horn. French Horn & Bassoon).
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Sheet central :Gottlob! nun geht das Jahr zu Ende (5 sheet music)
Added by magataganm the 2015-11-20


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