The soprano melody quotes short motifs from the chorale, while keeping the bar form of the original melody. The central sixth movement sets verse 9 from the Epistle, " Ihr aber seid nicht fleischlich, sondern geistlich " You, however, are not of the Chorale: Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude, but rather of the Spirit.
All five voices participate in a lively fugue,  the only one within the motet. By contrast, the third line of verse 9, " Wer aber Christ Geist nicht hat, der ist nicht sein " Any one who does not have the spirit of Christ does not belong to him is set in a homophonic adagio with deeply unsettling harmonies: "not of Christ".
The ninth movement is a setting of the fifth stanza Chorale: Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude the hymn,  " Gute Nacht, o Wesen, das die Welt erlesen " Good night, existence that cherishes the world. The tenth movement sets verse 11 from the Epistle, " So nun der Geist des, der Jesum von den Toten auferwecket hat, in euch wohnet " So now the spirit that awakened Jesus from the dead dwells in you. The motet ends with the same four-part setting as the first movement, now with the text of the last stanza of the hymn,  " Weicht, ihr Trauergeister " Hence, you spirits of sadness.
The structure of Jesu, meine Freude has been regarded as unique in its complex symmetrical structure juxtaposing hymn text and Bible text. This diversified structure of five- four- and three-part movements, with shifting configurations of voices and a highly interpretive word-tone relationship throughout, wisely and sensibly combines choral exercise with theological education.
Performers of Jesu, meine Freude have to decide if they will use a boys' choir as Bach had in mind or a mixed choir, a small vocal ensemble or a larger choir, a continuo group, and instruments playing colla parte. As for most of Bach's motets, there is no extant autograph of Jesu, meine Freude.
The motet's SATB chorales were copied in several 18th-century manuscripts collecting chorale harmonisations by Bach. After Bach's death, the motets, unlike much of his other music, were kept continuously in the repertoire of the Thomanerchor. It would be absurd to forbid Bach's Motets to big choirs, but this performance left no doubt that the listener gets the truth of the music from voices few and picked.
Scott and the Bach Cantata Club made the first recording of it, which was the first of any motet by Bach, insung in English. Jesu, meine Freude has been recorded more than 60 times, mostly in combination with other motets by Bach. From Wikipedia, the free Chorale: Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude. Motet by Johann Sebastian Bach. BWV Motet by J. Bach Digital. Leipzig: Bach Archive ; et al. Motets by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Wikimedia Commons. Beginning of the first movement. Romans —2,9— SSATB five-part choir. Epistle Rom. Jesu, meine Freude. Es ist nun nichts Verdammliches. Romans Unter deinen Schirmen. Trotz dem alten Drachen. Ihr aber seid nicht fleischlich.
So aber Christus in euch ist. Gute Nacht, o Wesen. The scoring follows the Neue Bach-Ausgabe. A complex choral movement is taken from the Advent cantata. The three new recitatives are scored differently, the first as an accompagnato with chords of the strings, the second secco accompanied only by the continuo, the third as another accompagnatowith oboes, Chorale: Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude.
Three of the arias from the original cantata are scored for voice and solo instruments or only continuo, whereas the last aria, speaking of the miracles of Jesus, is accompanied by the full orchestra. The opening chorus, " Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben " Chorale: Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude and mouth and deed and liferenders the complete words in three sections, the third one a reprise of the first one and even the middle section not different in character.
An instrumental ritornello is heard in the beginning and in the end as well as, slightly changed, in all three sections with the choir woven into it. In great contrast all three sections conclude with a part accompanied only by basso continuo.
Sections one and three begin with a fugue with colla parte instruments. The fugue subject stresses the word Leben life by a melisma extended over three measures. The soprano starts the theme, the alto enters just one measure later, tenor after two more measures, bass one measure later, the fast succession resulting in a lively music as a good image of life. In section three the pattern of entrances is the same, but building from the lowest voice to the highest.
The first recitative for tenor introduces the situation: " Gebenedeiter Mund! Mary makes the inmost part of her soul known through thanks and praise. The second recitative is for bass, a secco accompanied only by the continuo. The second aria was the third in the Advent cantata. The soprano, accompanied by a solo violin, expresses: " Bereite dir, Jesu, noch itzo die Bahn " Prepare, Jesus, even now the path for Yourself.
The simple four-part choral part is embedded in a setting of the full orchestra dominated by a motive in pastoral triplets derived from the first line of the chorale melody.
Gardiner calls this music of "mellifluous beauty and apparent naturalness", and points out that it is nonetheless derived from the hymn tune. The third aria was the second in the Advent cantata. The last aria speaks of proclaiming the miracles of Jesus. The bass is accompanied by the full orchestra: " Ich will von Jesu Wundern singen und ihm der Lippen Opfer bringen " I will sing of Jesus' wonders and bring my lip's offering to Him.
The chorale concluding Part II is the same music as for Part I, setting Chorale: Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude 17th stanza, " Jesus bleibet meine Freude, meines Herzens Trost und Saft " Jesus shall remain my joy, my heart's comfort and sap. The music of the chorale movements is now best known for the piano transcription by Dame Myra Hess of Hugh P. Allen's choral version of Bach's arrangement, and is notable under the title Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring which approximately relates to " Jesus bleibet meine Freude ", more closely translated as "Jesus shall remain my joy".
In the following table of recordings, instrumental groups playing period instruments in historically informed performances are highlighted by a green background. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Jesu bleibet meine Freude. Church cantata by J. Heimsuchungtopic of the cantata. Salomo Franck anonymous. Main article: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring.
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