Episode 21: 'Adorn Yourself, O Dear Soul' performed by Chelsea Chen

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Chelsea Chen performing at Bach Organ Marathon (WQXR)

This final episode of our Daily Bach podcast also is the beginning of something new. We are pleased to be expanding the podcast to include other composers in 2015. But for this last 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 on Nov. 22, 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.

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Comments [4]

@ MrDavid: I agree that Bachstock was a good idea, if executed less than well. I got tired of hearing organ works transcribed for piano, keyboard works transcribed for violin, vocal works played by orchestras, etc.


Dec. 15 2014 10:03 PM

@MrDavid, today (15 December 2014) is the last day, but there are links to the podcasts at http://www.wqxr.org/feeds/tags/daily_bach . Hope you can get them all in time!

Dec. 15 2014 09:23 PM

I agree! Both the Bach Organ Marathon and Bachstock were marvelous ideas!
I realize that it is a little bit late to ask this, but is there a place were we could download all of the Daily Bach tracks anywhere other than on iTunes or from the WQXR app? This isn't very easy to do for people like me.

Dec. 15 2014 04:00 PM

Thunk! Sorry, I fell over. A Bach organ work played on the organ?!? What a novelty.

That said, I think that the organ marathon was a stroke of genius -- Bach's and WQXR's.


Dec. 15 2014 01:30 AM

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