'Adorn Yourself, O Dear Soul' Live from WQXR's Bach Organ Marathon
Monday, December 15, 2014
We are pleased to be expanding what was 'My Daily Bach' into the new 'My Classical Podcast'. For this episode we feature “Adorn Yourself, O Dear Soul” Bach’s chorale prelude, BWV 654, played by Chelsea Chen at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in New York City on November 22nd, 2014, as part of WQXR’s all-day Bach Organ Marathon. This piece is a slow and beautiful chorale prelude – one of a set of 17 or 18 works that Bach wrote and presumably performed during the nine years he was court organist in Weimar. Almost 25 years later, Bach returned to these works and put them into a single collection. The chorale – the hymn tune that everything is built around – is Schmuche dich, o meine Seele – Adorn Yourself, O Dear Soul – and the melody is highly decorated, in other words, the soul, adorned.