All of Bach: a project by the Netherlands Bach Society
Wir glauben all an einen Gott
Wir glauben, wir glauben!
In this chorale, Bach needed no more than the first seven notes to compose a jubilant prelude.
Bach was inspired by the Italian style in composing this organ prelude based on the Creed. He turned it into a trio sonata for two manuals and pedal, which is both exuberant and triumphal. But Bach ignored the long chorale melody for the larger part. Walter’s melody for Luther’s first line, to which the words ‘Wir glauben all an einen Gott’ are sung, were more than enough for him. He formed it into a jubilant theme, in which a buoyant downward leap generates a festive string of semiquavers. The material forms the basis for a dancy fugue that assures the listener that only one thing matters: faith.
In Leipzig, between 1731 and 1741, Bach published four parts of Clavier-Übung, a title used previously by Johann Kuhnau, his predecessor as cantor at the Thomasschule, for similar collections of works for organ and harpsichord. The compositions are very varied in nature and, although the title suggests otherwise, were difficult to play. Bach addresses all the styles, genres and techniques for harpsichord and organ that were prevalent at the time, but then in the superior form to which only he had the patent. Clavier-Übung I (1731) contains the six partitas, BWV 825-830; Clavier-Übung II (1735) the Concerto nach italienischem Gusto, BWV 971 and the Ouverture nach französischer Art, BWV 831; and Clavier-Übung IV (1741) the Goldberg Variations, BWV 988. The largest part, Clavier-Übung III (1739), is the only one devoted to organ, containing mostly chorale arrangements, or organ preludes based on Lutheran hymns. Bach made two versions of each chorale: one for great organ and one for a smaller type of organ.
- Wir glauben all an einen Gott
- organ work (chorale prelude)
- Clavier-Übung III
Cast & Crew
|release date||27 June 2014|
|recording date||29 November 2013|
|location||Lutheran Church, The Hague|
|organ||Johann Heinrich Hartmann Bätz, 1762|
|ORGAN REGISTRATION||Arjan de Vos|
|producer||Frank van der Weij|
|FILM DIRECTOR||Jan Van den Bossche|
|DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY||Jorrit Garretsen, Sal Kroonenberg|
|MUSIC PRODUCTION, EDITING AND MIX||Holger Schlegel|
|FILM EDITOR||Dylan Glyn Jones|
|PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS||Imke Deters, Zoë de Wilde|