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"Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland" (BWV 659)

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Uploaded by: pcarmona (12/02/20)
Composer: Bach, J. S.
Sample Producer: Voxus Virtual Organs
Sample Set: 1738 Christian Müller - Haarlem (Wet)
Software: Hauptwerk V
Genre: Baroque
This well-known and beloved piece is one of Bach’s several interpretations of the classic German Advent hymn "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland" (Hymn #54, “Savior of the nations, come!” in The Hymnal 1982 of the Episcopal Church).

Here is how I understand and tried to interpret this piece. . . .
One can justifiably assert that this hauntingly expressive work by J. S. Bach manifests a powerful degree of mysticism—not tranquil contemplative mysticism, but the sort that cries out in deep yearning for God’s arrival among us. To express that, a florid solo-melody boldly proclaims the believer’s anxious longing for the Savior’s coming, while the contrapuntal accompaniment—especially in the bass—generates the steady pulse of Christ’s approaching footsteps.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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