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

"Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam" for Harp
BWV 280
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 was a prolific German composer and organist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity. Although he introduced no new forms, he enriched the prevailing German style with a robust contrapuntal technique, a control of harmonic and motivic organization from the smallest to the largest scales, and the adaptation of rhythms and textures from abroad, particularly Italy and France.

While Bach's fame as an organist was great during his lifetime, he was not particularly well-known as a composer. His adherence to Baroque forms and contrapuntal style was considered "old-fashioned" by his contemporaries, especially late in his career when the musical fashion tended towards Rococo and later Classical styles. A revival of interest and performances of his music began early in the 19th century, and he is now widely considered to be one of the greatest composers in the Western tradition.

Many of Chorales occur in Bach´s Cantatas and Oratorios (Passionen). It is widely believed that Bach did not actually compose the melodies, which were traditional tunes, but rather adapted them from old popular songs. He set hundreds of these traditional melodies for four voices. But, in all of these chorales, the flow of the voices is so beautiful that they have been studied as the perfect model of voice-leading and harmony by composers and music students since they were composed. In our organ collection, Bach´s chorales are typically notated in two staves for better legibility.

"Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam" (BWV 280: "Christ our Lord, went to Jordan") is a choral work by Bach that recants the travel of Jesus Christ to Jordan where he was baptized at the hands of St. John. The baptism of Jesus marks the beginning of his public ministry. This event is recorded in the Canonical Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. In John 1:29-33.

Although written in German, the English text reads as follows:

Christ our Lord, went to Jordan
according to the will of His Father,
baptized at the hands of St. John,
it was his work and mission;
wanted to give us the gift of a bath,
to wash the sin
and also dispel the bitter death
through His own blood and wounds.
We receive the gift of new life.

Although originally written for Chorus (SATB), I created this arrangement for solo Concert (Pedal) Harp.
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Sheet central :Chorale Harmonisations (2 sheet music)
Added by magataganm the 2012-12-18

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