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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
Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ

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

 

Melody & Text: Zahn: 4373 | EKG: 391

Text:

Text: Jakob Ebert (1549-1615) 7 verses, born 1549 in Sprottau in Silesia, a professor of theology at the University of Frankfurt (on the Oder).

Melody:

Composer unknown.

This melody, once thought to be by Ludwig Helmbold but now no longer so, is found in a collection by Bartholomäus Gesius (Gese) (1601) and is loosely based upon “Innsbruck, ich muß dich lassen” which appeared as: ”Geistliche deutsche Lieder", Frankfurt an der Oder, 1601. Here is the melody as given in a 17th century hymnal with a comparison to the incipit of Heinrich Isaac’s melody for “Innsbruck, ich muß dich lassen”.

 

Use of the Chorale Melody by Bach:

Text: Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ | EKG: 391
Author: Jakob Ebert (1601)

Ver

Work

Mvt.

Year

Br

RE

KE

Di

BC

Score

Music Examples

1

BWV 67

Mvt. 7

1724

42

68

42

4

A62:7

PDF

Mvt. 7 (MG) [midi] | Mvt. 7 (Leusink) [ram]

1

BWV 116

Mvt. 1

1724

-

-

-

-

A164:1

 

Mvt. 1 (Leusink) [ram]

7

BWV 116

Mvt. 6

1724

-

69

-

-

A164:6

PDF

Mvt. 6 (MG) [midi] | Mvt. 6 (Leusink) [ram]

1

BWV 143

Mvt. 2

1708-14

-

-

-

-

T99:2

 

Mvt. 2 (Leusink) [ram]

3

BWV 143

Mvt. 7

1708-14

-

-

-

-

T99:7

 

Mvt. 7 (Leusink) [ram]

 

Untexted:

Ver

Work

Mvt.

Year

Br

RE

KE

Di

BC

Score

Music Examples

-

BWV 116

Mvt. 3

1724

-

-

-

-

A164:3

-

Mvt. 3 (Leusink) [ram]

-

BWV 143

Mvt. 6

1708-14

-

-

-

-

T99:6

-

Mvt. 6 (Leusink) [ram]

BWV 116/3: incipits only.
BWV 143/6: Untexted melody played by upper strings.

 

Use of the Chorale Melody by other composers:

Dietrich Buxtehude (c1637-1707):
Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ Two cantatas:
BuxWV 20 Cantata for SSATB, 2 Violins, Viola, and bc
BuxWV 21 Cantata for SSB, 2 Violins, 3 Violas, (or 2 Violas + Bassoon) + bc

Johann Bernard Bach (1676-1749):
Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ, Chorale Prelude for Organ

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767):
Lost cantata Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ (1761)

 

Sources: NBA, vols. III/2.1 & 2.2 in particular [Bärenreiter, 1954 to present] and the BWV ("Bach Werke Verzeichnis") [Breitkopf & Härtel, 1998]
The PDF files of the Chorales were contributed by Margaret Greentree J.S. Bach Chorales
Software: Capella 2004 Software, version 5.1.
Prepared by Thomas Braatz & Aryeh Oron (March 2006)

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