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Choralvorspiel Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt BWV637

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Uploaded by: NeoBarock (04/09/21)
Composer: Bach, J. S.
Sample Producer: Binauralpipes
Sample Set: Lochtum
Software: GrandOrgue
Genre: Baroque
The chorale prelude "Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt" composed by Johann Sebastian Bach is the subject of this recording. We can find it in the "Orgelbüchlein".
If we first look at the text, it becomes clear what is meant by "Adam's fall": the fall of man. The serpent seduces Eve in paradise by claiming that it is allowed to eat an apple from the tree. God had only forbidden it to them, because then they would become like him. They cannot resist and this triggers God's wrath on mankind; through Adam's (sin) fall, mankind is virtually condemned and must therefore still experience suffering today.

One could write an entire novel about this magnificent piece.
Bach's tonal language is unique. It clearly goes beyond the scope of what was harmonically permissible in the Baroque period, and one would need a lot of time and patience if one wanted to prove that harmonically, nevertheless, and despite all inconsistencies, it is all right. Cross stands, no matter where one directs the gaze, or the ear. Even the chorale melody changes Bach, not because it then fits harmonically better, no, simply because HE is Bach.

In order to draw the listener a picture of the fall of man, Bach uses all means at his disposal. I have tried to convey this in my interpretation. There are recordings that sound quite mushy. If one plays the notes in the notated length or legato, a completely atonal picture results from the reverb, all nearly 12 possible semitones sound at the same time, that is as if one would sit down on the manual. I follow the approach of strict consequent note length shortening, this way Bach's intention becomes clearer and a coherent concept results. I am curious whether you see it the same way.
Enough writing now: Have fun with this unusual chorale prelude!
Performance: MIDI
Recorded in: Stereo
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