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(1685 - 1750)
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Bach, Johann Sebastian: Chorale: "Erhalt uns Herr bei deinem Wort" for Viola Quartet

Chorale: "Erhalt uns Herr bei deinem Wort" for Viola Quartet
BWV 1103
Johann Sebastian Bach




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

Viola Quartet

Style :

Baroque

Arranger :
Publisher :
Johann Sebastian BachMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Copyright :Public Domain
The Neumeister Collection is a compilation of 82 chorale preludes found in a manuscript copy produced by Johann Gottfried Neumeister (1757–1840). When the manuscript was rediscovered at the Yale University in the 1980s it appeared to contain 31 previously unknown early chorale settings by Johann Sebastian Bach, which were added to the BWV catalogue as Nos. 1090–1120 and published in 1985.

This is another of the Bach chorale preludes unearthed in 1985 by Christoph Wolff, who discovered the Neumeister Collection at the Yale Library. Most of the Neumeister Bach works are believed to date to the years 1700 - 1708, and this one, "Ehre sei dir, Christe, der du leidest Not" (May You Be Praised, Christ, for You Suffer Pain), was probably written in the earliest years of that span. It exhibits the influence of both Pachelbel and Buxtehude and is somewhat unusual in its consistent use of what German writers call Vorimitation: thematic material is anticipated throughout the work in an imitative, fugue-like manner. For all its seemingly rigid formal qualities, this work presents the chorale theme in a majestic and imaginative way, growing from modest textures at the outset to grander and more colorful ones later on. As the work progresses, its mood takes on a more ecstatic manner, the music a fuller and more complex character. In the end, this approximately two-minute chorale prelude will likely strike Baroque enthusiasts as a compelling even if still youthful work from the pen of the young Bach.

TThere are 38 works in the Neumeister Collection that are generally attributed to Bach. This collection of 82 items by several composers, including other Bach family members, was rediscovered only in 1985 by musicologist/organist Christoph Wolff. Some musicologists have doubted the authenticity of a few of the works in it that have been attributed to Bach, but there is little doubt that this chorale prelude, "Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort" (Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy Word), was written by him. Another chorale prelude by the same title, however, BWV Anh. 50, is of doubtful provenance. BWV 1103 is an attractive fughetta whose expressive manner is relatively simple. On its first appearance, the chorale theme is played almost completely through in single notes in the middle register, with no accompaniment. Thereafter, Bach treats it fugally, the accompanying material often coming from a much lower range on the keyboard. There is scarcely much development and the contrapuntal writing, while well crafted, does not exhibit the innovative character Bach would routinely divulge in so many later compositions.

Source: AllMusic (https://www.allmusic.com/composition/erhalt-uns-herr-b ei-deinem-wort-i-chorale-prelude-for-organ-neumeister-c horale-no-14-bwv-1103-bc-k181-mc0002356730).

Although originally written for Organ, I created this Arrangement of the Chorale Prelude "Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort" (Preserve us, Lord, with your word) BWV 1103 for Viola Quartet.
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Added by magataganm the 2017-12-16


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This sheet music is part of the collection of magataganm :
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