J. S. Bach: Sacred Songs and Arias from Schmelli's Hymnal for Voice and Guitar BWV 439-507 (Book + Online PDF Supplement)
With Guitar Transcriptions of Bach's Figured Bass Accompaniment

Johann Sebastian Bach’s arrangements of the “69 Sacred Songs” from the Musical Hymnal by Georg Christian Schemelli (Leipzig, 1736) have long been part of the German language vocal concert repertoire and a mainstay in vocal pedagogy. Originally, only these 69 of the 954 hymns in the collection were published with a single bass line as the accompaniment. Bach’s contribution was to specify harmonies to be played over those same bass lines by adding figured bass numbers and symbols beneath ...more

Product Number:
30667M
Format:
Book + Online PDF Supplement
Skill Level:
Intermediate
Notation Type:
Standard Notation
Pages:
238
Binding:
Squareback Saddle Stitched
Size:
8.75 x 11.75
ISBN:
1-5134-6397-7
ISBN13:
978-15134-6397-1
Publisher:
Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Date Published:
10/3/2019

Johann Sebastian Bach’s arrangements of the “69 Sacred Songs” from the Musical Hymnal by Georg Christian Schemelli (Leipzig, 1736) have long been part of the German language vocal concert repertoire and a mainstay in vocal pedagogy. Originally, only these 69 of the 954 hymns in the collection were published with a single bass line as the accompaniment. Bach’s contribution was to specify harmonies to be played over those same bass lines by adding figured bass numbers and symbols beneath each note.

A figured bass line can easily be turned into a relatively simple guitar accompaniment or a more elaborate setting, offering a range of possibilities that make working with this music both interesting and rewarding for the guitarist. While other period and modern editions of the “69 Sacred Songs” offer accompaniments for keyboard instruments, this Mel Bay publication features intermediate to advanced transcriptions exclusively for the guitar.

Best suited to college-level players or advanced aficionados, this special Mel Bay Publications edition includes the vocal line with German lyrics and the guitar accompaniment transcribed from Bach’s figured bass lines. Written in guitar-friendly keys, 29 of the transcriptions employ a capo to achieve the original key designed for high voices. Without the capo, these same arrangements would be suitable to be sung by lower voices. The remaining 40 hymns are in their original guitar-friendly keys and so do not require a capo.

This volume contains accompaniment settings of all 69 of the sacred songs and arias for which Bach wrote figured bass annotation. For performance variety and convenience, this book includes “Scores in their Original Keys,” and stand-alone “Guitar Accompaniment,” and “Bass Parts".

Die güldne Sonne, voll Freud und Wonne

Der lieben Sonne Licht und Pracht

Der Tag ist hin

Der Tag mit seinem Lichte

Herr, nicht schicke deine Rache

Wo ist mein Schäflein, das ich liebe

Eins ist not! Ach Herr, dies eine

Jesu, meines Glaubens Zier

Mein Jesu, den die Seraphinen

Jesus, deine Liebeswunden

Auf, auf! Die rechte Zeit ist hier

Ermuntre dich, mein schwacher Geist

Ich freue mich in dir

Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier

Ihr Gestirn, ihr hohen Lüfte

O Jesulein süß, o Jesulein mild

Die bittre Leidenszeit

Lasset uns mit Jesu ziehen

Mein Jesu, was für Seelenweh

O du Liebe meiner Liebe

Selig, wer an Jesum denkt

Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig

So gehst du nun, mein Jesu hin

Brich entzwei mein armes Herze

Es ist vollbracht

So gibst du nun, mein Jesu gute Nacht

Auf, auf! Mein Herz, mit Freuden

Jesus, unser Trost und Leben

Brunnquell all Güter

Gott, wie groß ist deine Güte

Dich bet ich an, mein höchster Gott

Dir, dir Jehova, will ich singen

Jesus ist das schönste Licht

Liebes Herz, bedenke doch

Seelenbräutigam, Jesu, Gottes Lamm

Vergiß mein nicht

Gott lebet noch

Es kostet viel, ein Christ zu sein

Beglückter Stand getreuer Seelen

Es glänzet der Christen inwendiges Leben

Nicht so traurig, nicht so sehr

O liebe Seele, zieh die Sinnen

Erwürgtes Lamm

Vergiß mein nicht, mein allerliebster Gott

Gib dich zufrieden und sei stille

Ich halte treulich still

Beschränkt, ihr Wesen dieser Welt

Jesu, meines Herzens Freud

Nur mein Jesus ist mein Leben

Seelenweide, meine Freude

Ich laß dich nicht

Ich liebe Jesum alle Stund

Jesu, Jesu, du bist mein

Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen

Was bist du doch, o Seele So betrübet

Ach daß nicht die letzte Stunde

Es ist nun aus mit meinem Leben

Ich bin ja, Herr, in deiner Macht

Komm süßer Tod, komm selge Ruh

Kein Stündlein geht dahin

Liebster Gott, wann werd ich sterben

Liebster Herr Jesu! Wo bleibst du so lange?

Meines Lebens letzte Zeit

O finstre Nacht, wann wirst du doch vergehen

O wie selig seid ihr doch

So wünsch ich mir zu guter Letzt

Kommt, Seelen, dieser Tag

Kommt wieder aus der finstern Gruft

Steh ich bei meinem Gott

 
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