One of the strangest chromatic treatments the Phantom Organist has ever conveyed, and yet it's just as Bach wrote it. The pedal skips in sevenths
(depicting Adam's fall?) under the tortured chromatic changes, and it appears to change keys abruptly several times at the end (disorientation at
being thrown out of Paradise?).
Midi File available.
Marcussen & Son Organ / St. Stefanuschurch / Moerdijk (Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands) (1965) - Samples by Ariaan Hoogendijk
- Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV 637
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- Chorale Text
Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt
Menschlich' Natur und Wesen,
Dasselb' Gift ist auf uns geerbt,
Dass wir nicht konnt'n genesen
Ohn' Gottes Trost,
Der uns erlöst
Hat von dem grossen Schaden,
Darein die Schlang'
Gott's Zorn auf sich zu laden.
When Adam fell, the human race
Was doomed to condemnation;
Bereft were we of innocence,
Sin's poison wrought destruction,
But thanks to God,
Who spares the rod,
From death have we been taken.
The Serpent Eve
Didst once deceive
Beholds his power shaken.
--Tr. C.S. Terry
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