This setting of a chorale best know from the 2nd cantata of Bach's Christmas Oratorio ('Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light' - tune by Johan Schop, 1641) is in the slow, lyrical style Bach so often employs in his chorale settings for organ. The present setting was originally in F major for organ, but has been transposed up to Bb major to accommodate the range of the alto recorder. As demonstrated on the accompanying recording, ornamentation may be altered or added on the repeat. Duration: 2'50"
Players who like this piece will probably be interested in Jesu, meine Zuversicht as well, also set by Anthony St. Pierre, and included in the ARS Online Library.
-- Anthony St. Pierre
This is a very lovely and satisfying Bach-like setting that will lift your spirits without being difficult. It is a perfect piece to practice your Baroque ornamentation on a slow melody line- the composer’s recording is a great starting point for examples and inspiration.
-- Glen Shannon
The composer has provided a play-along accompaniment for this piece. Organ accompaniment (you play alto recorder)