Composer:   Buxtehude
Arranger:   Grusnick
Publisher:   Barenreiter
Edition:   BA544-74
Voicing:   SATB div
Setting:   Accompanied


Dennis Marzolf
Minnesota Valley Chorale, Mankato 1991
R&R Chair Community Choirs

This choral cantata is Buxtehude’s largest choral work. It is in three large movements, one for each verse of the chorale, and utilizes the contrast between full chorus and semi-chorus (not marked in score—a general rule of thumb – when strings are not playing “favoritien chor” should sing). The third verse is known in English as “Lord, let at last thine angels come” and was used by Bach as the concluding verse of the St. John Passion. It is highly dramatic, beginning at the graveside and proceeding through the Day of Judgment to the song of the eternally blessed. This setting is a masterpiece of the North German Baroque – it is no wonder that Bach walked 200 miles to learn from this great composer!