J.S. Bach: Was Gott tut...er wird mich nicht (BWV 100, #2)

5 parts7 pages03:392 years ago250 views
Voice(2), Other Woodwinds, Cello, Contrabass
What God does is well done,
He will not delude me,
He leads me on the right path,
therefore I allow myself to enjoy
God's mercy
and have patience;
He will turn aside my misfortune,
it is in His hands. (Trans. by Pamela Dellal, whom I heard sing it last week).

The cantata
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J.S. Bach: Aria: Ich will an den Himmel denken (BWV 166 #2, Violin reconstruction by BSG, 9/2016)

6 parts12 pages05:402 years ago748 views
Oboe, Violin, Voice, Other Woodwinds, Cello, Contrabass
“I will think upon the Heavens, and to the world not give my heart. Whether I go or stay, the question remains in my mind, ‘Man/humanity, whither goest thou?' ”

This gorgeous aria from the Cantata BWV 166, “Wo gehst du hin?” (“Whither goest thou?”) comes to us incomplete. The obbligato
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J.S. Bach: Coro: Herr, unser Herrscher (BWV 245 (Johannespassion), #1)

15 parts49 pages10:142 years ago1,882 views
Oboe(2), Flute(2), Violin(2), Viola, Voice(4), Other Woodwinds, Cello, Bassoon, Contrabass
The magnificent, pain-wracked yet glorious opening chorus of Bach’s Passion according to St. John, BWV 245. Surely one of Bach's, or anyone's, greatest choruses.

(“A section”, (da capo))
Herr, unser Herrscher, (Lord, our ruler)
Dessen Ruhm in allen Landen (Whose fame in all l
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J.S. Bach: Duetto: Gott, du hast es wohl gefüget (BWV 63, #3)

5 parts7 pages06:322 years ago385 views
Oboe, Voice(2), Other Woodwinds, Cello
“God, you have well accomplished what now has happened to us. (B sec) Therefore let us always trust in Him and rely upon His grace, for He has bestowed this upon us, which now will delight us for ever. ” (trans. by Pamela Dellal, Emmanuel Music).

This exquisite duet for Soprano and Bass (a
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F. Couperin: Troisième Leçon pour Mercredy Sainct à deux voix

4 parts4 pages02:553 years ago799 views
Voice(2), Other Woodwinds, Cello
The “Hebrew Letter” incipits from the third, double-voiced, “Leçons de Tenebres” of François Couperin, for two sopranos and continuo (which I have realized).

The “Lamentations of Tenebrae” are sequential readings from the Old Testament book of Lamentations, sometimes (questionably) attributed to
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J.S. Bach: Erbarm’ dich mein in solcher Last (BWV 113, #2)

5 parts6 pages05:353 years ago636 views
Strings, Voice, Other Woodwinds, Cello, Contrabass
“Have mercy upon me in such a burden — take it from my heart, for with the Pains of Death hast Thou atoned it on the Wood, that I not suffer great woe for my sins, nor eternally despair.”

Bach’s appropriately grim and “burdened” setting of the second stanza of Bartholomäus Ringwald’s (1530-1598) hy
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Coro: Wer durch Liebe das Kreuz Christi (di BSG, 1989, 2001)

13 parts29 pages04:593 years ago1,287 views
Oboe(2), Strings(4), Contrabass, Voice(4), Other Woodwinds, Organ
An original accompanied motet/chorus, now orchestrated, on an original libretto. Performed in service at Boston's Emmanuel Church by Emmanuel Music under Craig Smith 1 May 1994. I and most others consider this my masterpiece to date.

I wrote this chorus while improvising at the organ in
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Aprilis, per canonem ad quintam infra (di BSG, 2015)

6 parts7 pages02:203 years ago229 views
Flute, Voice(2), Cello, Other Woodwinds, Contrabass
An accompanied chorale canon with 2 obbligati on a chorale by a friend of mine on 2 verses of an American poem I can't reproduce here because of copyright.

My friend wrote a chorale-like song on a favorite poem of hers, although it includes some melodic features atypical of Baroque chorales.
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J. S. Bach: Duetto: Sie werden euch in den Bann tun (BWV 44, #1)

7 parts9 pages03:083 years ago486 views
Oboe(2), Voice(2), Other Woodwinds, Bassoon, Contrabass
“They’ll banish you, and who kills you will think he’s doing God a favor.” A brilliant fusillade of canon and double counterpoint setting this grim thought.

John 16:2, whence cometh this text, expresses the thought that Christians will be persecuted for their faith. “Bann” means a writ of b
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J. S. Bach: Von den Stricken meiner Sünden (from Johannespassion, BWV 245, #11)

6 parts17 pages05:433 years ago2,201 views
Oboe(2), Voice, Other Woodwinds, Cello, Contrabass
The gnarly first alto aria from the -Johannespassion-, in which twin oboes in grating canon at the second illustrate tangles of sin.

Frequently omitted by putative abridgers of Bach's magnificent Passion According to St. John (1724), this lengthy (6 min at my tempo) peroration, positioned
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J. S. Bach: Ich elender Mensch (BWV 48, #1)

12 parts24 pages05:133 years ago1,177 views
Trumpet, Oboe, Violin(2), Viola, Voice(4), Other Woodwinds, Strings, Contrabass
"I, wretched man, who shall redeem me from this deathly body?" A dark but brilliant showcase of double counterpoint and canon.

This intricate accompanied choral movement, notably wholly in the minor mode, the opening chorus of the eponymous cantata BWV 48, is based on four distinct
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Trio à 2 Clav. e Pedale (BSG, 1981)

3 parts5 pages02:373 years ago252 views
Oboe, Other Woodwinds(2)
An original organ trio movement for two manuals and pedals from 1981.

1981 was a particularly good year for my compositions (see my set list).

This trio features the interesting annotation "potens eram praequam Elbam vidi" where the them appears in retrograde.

It is just
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Aria per Violoncello solo e Organo Obbligato (BSG, 1981)

5 parts2 pages01:443 years ago384 views
Cello(2), Other Woodwinds(4)
A graceful Violoncello aria of mine from 1981.

In April 1981, I was expecting a visit from a friend of mine who had been studying the violoncello. I wrote this aria in anticipation of his visit; I had a Hammond B-3 at the time, and thought it would work out well.

Never humble, I strove
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