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Chorale Melodies: Sorted by Title | 371 4-Part Chorales sorted by Breitkopf Number | Explanation

Chorale Melodies used in Bach's Vocal Works
Die Litanei

Melody & Text | Use of the CM by Bach | Use of the CM by other composers

 

Melody & Text:

Composition: Zahn: | EKG: 138

This part of the liturgy is attributed to Martin Luther (1528). It is still contained in the "Evangelisches Kirchengesangbuch", but rarely (if at all) used.

The antiphonal responses are all between the choir (Chor) and the congregation (Gemeinde).

There were some short-cuts in how this liturgy was performed, but it would be too complicated to describe all the variant methods implied (such as the congregation not singing after every line announced by the choir).

Bach used only short snippets of this as part of two recitatives as indicated below in BWV 18/3 and BWV 41/5.

 

Text: Die Litanei

Author: Martin Luther (1528)

 

Use of the Chorale Melody by Bach:

Text: Die Litanei
Author: Martin Luther (1528)

Ver

Work

Mvt.

Year

Br

RE

KE

Di

BC

Score

Music Examples

-

BWV 18

Mvt. 3

1713/15

-

-

-

-

A44:3

-

Mvt. 3 (Leusink) [ram]

-

BWV 41

Mvt. 5

1725

-

-

-

-

A22:5

-

Mvt. 5 (Leusink) [ram]

 

Use of the Chorale Melody by other composers:

 

Sources: NBA, vols. III/2.1 & 2.2 in particular [Bärenreiter, 1954 to present] and the BWV ("Bach Werke Verzeichnis") [Breitkopf & Härtel, 1998]
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Chorales BWV 250-438
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