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O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß (Ressurection Strophe)

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Uploaded by: AAHunt (04/21/19)
Composer: Hunt, Aaron Andrew
Sample Producer: OrganART Media
Sample Set: Bosch - F.C. Schnitger Vollenhove
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Baroque
Although this Chorale is associated with Lent and not Easter, the final two strophes of Sebald Heyden's passion text are in fact to do with the Resurrection, so the Chorale bridges into Easter. To show this I set the last two strophes in one work. I had planned different music for the final verse but then found because of the liturgical meaning, I wanted to write different music.

Also as the crowning movements to a Partita of 23 settings, I wanted to do something extra special here. So the melody appears in each phrase accompanied by the corresponding opposite phrase going backwards (Theme: reversing death). The backwards melody is set freely rhythmically. At the start it can be heard in the bass with the normal tune in the soprano and one free inner part, then moves to a middle voice where it gets traded between tenor and alto as a fourth voice enters. In the final Strophe, the melody is in the pedal and the retrograde remains an inner part among five voices.

Special thanks to my wife, who transcribed the entire text for me from the old German script which is difficult to read.

(written 31. March / 7. April 2019)

Melodie: Matthias Greitter, 1525
Text: Sebald Heyden, 1530

22. Die Jüden führten noch ein Klag
Verhütens (?) Grab am dritten Tag
Jesus stund auf mit G’walte
auf dass er uns ja frömmer mächt (machen würde)
und mit ihm in sein Reiche brächt
aus der sündlich(e)n Gestalte
darum wir sollen fröhlich sein
dass unser Seligmacher fein
Christus hat überwunden
für uns der Sünden große Not
dazu die Hellen (Höllen) und den Tod
und auch den Teufel bunden.

23. So lasset uns nun dankbar sein
Dass er für uns leid’ solche Pein
nach seinem Willen leben
ach lass uns sein der Sünde Feind
weil uns Gott’s Wort so helle scheint
Tag und Nacht danach streben
die Lieb erzeigen jedermann
Wie Christus hat an uns getan
mit seinem Leid’n und Sterben
O Menschen Kind betracht das recht
wie Gottes Zorn die Sünden schlägt
tu dich dafür (davor) bewahren.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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