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Program: #01-44, Air Date: 10/29/01

Sacred music.

Preservation of this program is made possible by a generous grant from Wendall Wilson.

NOTE: All of the music on this program is from the recording Morimur from ECM (New Series CD 1765). It is based on the research of Helga Thoene, who links the Partita in d minor for Violin, BWV 1004, with the death of Bach's first wife Maria Barbara. In this work, Bach particularly interwove the Lutheran chorales that deal with the Easter themes of death and resurrection.

The sung chorales can thus be interpolated with the Partita to reconstruct Bach's original inspiration of this work "as a 'tombeau'—an epitaph in music—for Maria Barbara Bach, dedicated to her memory" (quoting Dr. Thoene from the liner notes).

The performances are by Baroque violinist Christoph Poppen with The Hilliard Ensemble (David James, founding member of the Hilliards, was our guest). The list puts the sections of the Partita in italics:

—Auf meinen lieben Gott.
—Den Tod...
—Allemanda
—Christ lag in Todesbanden.
—Corrente
—Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt.
—Sarabanda
—Wo soll ich fliehen hin.
—Giga

—Christ lag in Todesbanden.
—Dein Will gescheh'.
—Befiehl Du Deine Wege.
—Jesu meine Freude.
—Auf meinen lieben Gott.
—Jesu Deine Passion.
—In meines Herzens Grunde.
—Nun lob', mein Seel', den Herren.

—Den Tod...
—Ciaconna (with vocal interpolations)
—Den Tod...

Composer Info

Bach

CD Info

CD 1765