Buxtehude - "Membra Jesu Nostri" BuxWV75 - Part 2/7





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Published on Oct 13, 2008


"Membra Jesu Nostri" for two violins, viola da gamba, basso continuo, two sopranos, alto, tenor, and bass BuxWV75

2. Ad genua

Performed by the Netherlands Bach Society
Featuring Anne Grimm, soprano
Johannette Zomer, soprano
Peter de Groot, alto
Andrew Tortise, tenor
Bas Ramselaar, bass
Directed by Jos van Veldhoven


Ad ubera portabimini,
et super genua blandientur vobis

Salve Jesu, rex sanctorum,
spes votiva peccatorum,
crucis ligno tanquam reus,
pendens homoverus deus,
caducis nutans genibus

Quid sum tibi responsurus,
actu vilis corde durus?
Quid rependam amatori,
qui elegit pro me mori,
ne dupla morte morerer

Ut te quaeram mente pura,
sit haec mea prima cura,
non est labor et gravabor,
sed sanabor et mundabor,
cum te complexus fuero

*Membra Jesu Nostri (English: The Limbs of our Lord Jesus), is a cycle of seven cantatas composed by Dieterich Buxtehude in 1680, and dedicated to Gustaf Düben. This work is known as the first Lutheran oratorio. The text, Salve mundi salutare also known as the Rhythmica oratio is a poem written by Medieval poet Arnulf of Louvain (d. 1250). It is divided into seven parts, each addressed to a different part of Christ's crucified body: feet, knees, hands, side, chest, heart, and head.

Each cantata in Membra Jesu Nostri is divided into six sections; an instrumental introduction; a concerto for instruments and five voices (SSATB), with the exception of the fifth and sixth cantatas where only three voices are used; three arias for one or three voices, each followed by an instrumental ritornello; and an exact reprise of the concerto. The last cantata of the cycle, Ad faciem, is the only one that deviates from this pattern, with a final Amen chorus substituting for the reprise.

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