Compared to most other major composers, Johann
Sebastian Bach's life and career were confined to a
very limited geographical space. Born and raised in
Thuringia, he never went farther north than Hamburg and
Lübeck, or farther south than Carlsbad. In a similarly
confined way, his east-west range stretched from
Dresden (east) to Kassel (west). His complete
geographical space can be found on a map derived from
Christoph Wolff's great scholarly Bach study (Chr.
Wolff, Bach, Essays on His Life and Music. Harvard
University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1991).
"O Lamm Gottes, Unschuldig" (BWV 401: O Lamb of God,
Most Holy) is an An amazing, trancelike choral work,
based on a Lenten Chorale and utilizing a pervasive
grief motive accompanying a canon at the fifth. It is
taken from from the Vocal Works (other than Cantatas)
of J. S. Bach. Written both in German and Dutch, the
work translates to English as:
O Lamb of God all holy,
Who on the Cross didst sufer,
And patient still and lowly,
Thyself to scorn didst offer:
Our sins by Thee were taken,
Or hope had us forsaken:
Have mercy upon us, o Jesu.
Although originally written for Chorus (SATB), I
created this arrangement for Flute & Piano.