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Johann Sebastian Bach
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Partita on Ach, was soll ich sünder machen, BWV 770 Click to Listen [11:59]
Schweitzer is of the opinion that Bach may have written the first 8 variations, but the last two are very unlike his style, particularly with regard to the treatment of the manual changes. It may be that Bach copied the work of one of his pupils. No matter who wrote it, once the gloomy first verse is acknowledged, it is a sprightly set of variations. Uses the extended sample set. Midi File available. Instrument: Virtual organ set from 1698 Starck organ at Monastery Church of Zlata Koruna, Czech Republic - Samples by Jiri Zurek

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Chorale Text

Ach, was soll ich Sünder machen,
Ach, wass soll ich fangen an?
Mein Gewissen klagt mich an,
Es beginnet aufzuwachen.
Dies ist meine Zuversicht:
Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht.
--Joahann Flittner, Himmlisch Lustgärtlein, 1661


Wretched Sinner, woe to me!
What shall e'er become of me?
Pangs of conscience me torment,
My poor soul to its bitter end.
This I know, for while I live
Jesus will I never leave.
--Tr. Edouard Nies-Berger, 1955

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