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Vergiss mein nicht, vergiss mein nicht
Evidence at last
This simple yet true aria is almost certainly by Bach.
In Schemelli’s songbook, the sacred song Vergiss mein nicht is accompanied by the note ‘di S. Bach D. M. Lips’. The latter stands for ‘director musices Lipsiensis’ (music director of the city of Leipzig). So evidence at last, or at least a strong clue, that Bach did indeed supply new music for Schemelli’s Gesangbuch! Vergiss mein nicht is a simple aria, but a true one, to the point of lyricism. In the collection, the text comes under the heading of ‘Vom zeitlichen Kreuz und Leiden’. The author begs for God’s divine assistance in all sorts of earthly needs and distress, until death.
Musicalisches Gesang-Buch G.C. Schemelli
In the eighteenth century, sacred songbooks for private use were an important aid in simple, domestic devotion. For example, no fewer than 17 editions of Johann Freylinghausen’s Geistreiches Gesangbuch were published between 1704 and 1734. Two years later, pietist Georg Christian Schemmel, alias Schemelli, launched his own songbook, containing no fewer than 954 songs, 69 of which included melody, text incipit and figured bass. In order to outdo the competition, he involved probably the most famous music consultant of all time, who happened to be his son’s music teacher: Bach. Following intensive research, only three of the 21 original melodies in the collection (BWV 439-509) can be attributed with certainty to the cantor at the Thomasschule: BWV 452, 478 and 505. The others are accompaniments, revisions and improvements. Bach’s precise role in Schemelli’s Gesangbuch will probably always remain a mystery.
- Vergiss mein nicht, vergiss mein nicht
- sacred song
- Musicalisches Gesang-Buch G.C. Schemelli
Cast & Crew
|release date||9 August 2019|
|recording date||12 May 2018|
|location||Bartolotti House, Amsterdam|
|viola da gamba||Mieneke van der Velden|
|Director, camera and lights||Gijs Besseling|
|Music recording||Guido Tichelman, Bastiaan Kuijt|
|Music edit and mix||Guido Tichelman|
|Camera, lights||Nina Badoux|
|Camera and lighting assistant||Eline Eestermans|
|Interview||Onno van Ameijde, Marloes Biermans|
|Producer concert||Marco Meijdam|
|Producer film||Jessie Verbrugh|
|ACKNOWLEDGEMENT||Stichting Elise Mathilde Fonds|