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January 26, 2014

2014-01-26 Notes from the Bench

“In dir ist Freude” (In You is Joy) by Johann Sebastian Bach

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate

In Thee is gladness
Amid all sadness,
Jesus, Sunshine of my heart!
By Thee are given
The gifts of heaven,
Thou the true Redeemer art!
Our souls Thou wakest,
Our bond Thou breakest,
Who trusts Thee surely
Hath built securely,
He stands for ever: Hallelujah!

Bach’s setting of “In dir ist Freude” features a prominent, carillon-like ostinato figure in the pedal that is heard through this work. The cantus firmus is split up and distributed among the voices in various forms.  The melody in undecorated forms is set against embellished versions and creates the bases for the counterpoint of the entire work.

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