The melody hops from Soprano to Tenor to Bass voice, and after the repeat, three separate textures are used, joined by little florid passages. All in
all, a lot is packed into a piece lasting little more than a minute. Fingering seemed impossible as a one-manual piece, so there is a separate pedal
part. From the Neumeister Chorale Collection.
Gottfried Silbermann Organ, Reinhardtsgrimma / Sachsen, Germany (1731) -
Samples by Prof. Helmut Maier
- Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 1105
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- Chorale Text
Jesu, meine Freude,
Meines Herzens Weide,
Jesu, meine Zier,
Ach wie lang, ach lange
Ist dem Herzen bange,
Und verlangt nach dir!
Gottes Lam, Mein Bräutigam,
Ausser dir soll mir auf Erden
Nichts sonst liebers werden.
--Johann Frank (1618-1677)
Jesus, my true pleasure,
Of my heart the pasture,
Jesus, my delight,
Ah how long, how long now
Is my heart made anxious
As it longs for thee!
God's true lamb, my bridegroom thou,
More than thee to me on earth now
Shall nought be more treasured.
--Z. Philip Ambrose, translator
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