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.
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- Partita on Ach, was soll ich sünder machen, BWV 770
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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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