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In dulci jubilo (BWV 751) by J. S. Bach for organ

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Published on Dec 23, 2014

In dulci jubilo (BWV 751) by J. S. Bach performed by Henry Doktorski on the 1982 Schlicker 2-manual and pedal organ at Grace Lutheran Evangelical Church, Rochester, Pennsylvania.

Publisher: Edition Peters (Nr. 248a)

Organ registration

Swell: 8 Cromorne
Great: 8 Bourdon, 2 Block-floete
Pedal: 16 Subbass, 8 Gedackt

A note from the performer:

In dulci jubilo is my favorite Christmas Carol. It is such a happy tune: "In sweet rejoicing." Because of the text, I like to play this tune as a dance in a lively tempo, just as it is sung in church on Christmas day. This version is quite short and simple, with two long pedal points in the bass. In this arrangement, the tune is first presented, then repeated in the dominant (mm. 37) which then returns to the tonic (mm. 62). I especially like measures 18-25 and 54-61 in which the soprano and alto voices "dance" together. Truly a joyful trio which is a pleasure to play and to hear.

German/Latin text (stanza 1) from Wikipedia
by Heinrich Seuse, c.1328

In dulci jubilo,
Nun singet und seid froh!
Unsers Herzens Wonne
Leit in praesepio;
Und leuchtet wie die Sonne
Matris in gremio.
Alpha es et O!

English literal translation

In sweet rejoicing,
now sing and be glad!
Our hearts' joy
lies in the manger;
And it shines like the sun
in the mother's lap.
You are the alpha and omega!

visit http://gracelutheranpa.org and http://henrydoktorski.com

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