The second of Bach's 18 Chorale Preludes known as the Leipzig, written near the end of his life, is another setting "alio modo" of the ancient hymn to
the Holy Spirit. This setting has a stern, almost didactic nature, with the chorale sounded on a cornet (which is compounded from pipes at the pitches
8, 4, 2 2/3, 2 and 1 3/5--the fundamental and first 4 harmonic overtones). A joyous
alleluia provides an upbeat ending, which I always looked forward to when performing it.
Schantz/Rodgers, (1966/2000) at First Baptist Church of Riverside, California recorded by Jonathan Orwig
- Komm, heiliger Geist, BWV 652
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- Chorale Text
Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott,
erfüll mit deiner Gnaden Gut
deiner Gläubigen Herz, Mut und Sinn!
dein brünstig Lieb entzünd in ihn'n!
O Herr, durch deines Lichtes Glast
zu dem Glauben versammelt hast
das Volk aus aller Welt Zungen,
das sei dir, Herr, zu Lob gesungen. Halleluja!
--German version of Veni Creator Spiritus by Martin Luther, Erfurt, 1524
Come, Holy Ghost, come, Lord our own God,
And shed Thy heavenly gifts abroad
On us, and unto every heart
True faith and fervent love impart.
O Lord, who by Thy heavenly light
Hast called Thy Church from sinful night,
Out of all nations, tribes and places,
To Thee we render thanks and praises; Hallelujah!
--Irish Church Hymnal
Recorded directly with MIDI-enabled Pipe Organ