Johann Sebastian Bach

Komm, Jesu, komm, motet for chorus & continuo, BWV 229 (BC C3)

    Description by Brian Robins

    The five motets positively attributed to J. S. Bach vary considerably from one another. Although ostensibly following in the tradition of the seventeenth-century German motet, characterized by a juxtaposition of contrapuntal and imitative choral passages, each reveals some different facet of Bach's technique; BWV 229 ("Come, Jesus, come") is typical of this diversity. As is the case with four of the five motets, neither the occasion nor the date of composition is known, although circumstantial evidence strongly points to a dating from Bach's Leipzig years (from 1723). The text is based on the first and last stanzas of a seventeenth-century funeral hymn by Paul Thymich; the lack of the traditional combination of biblical and hymn texts (unusual here) is mitigated by the poet's quotation in the last line of his first stanza of a paraphrase from St. John, "Thou art the way, the truth and the life" -- words given great emphasis by Bach. The hymn was originally written for the funeral in 1684 of Jacob Thomasius, the rector of the Thomasschule in Leipzig, set to music by Thomas Schelle, cantor of the Thomasschule from 1677 - 1701.

    Bach sets the first verse as a double four-part chorus -- a texture he employs in three other of the motets. Each textural phrase has its own separate musical treatment in which texture and expression are constantly varied. The final stanza is treated more conventionally and straightforwardly as a mainly homophonic four-part chorus; its melody is a very rare example of Bach employing a chorale tune of his own composition within the context of a larger work. The motet is known today solely from a copy made around 1731-2 by Bach's pupil, Christoph Nichelmann.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Komm, Jesu komm!
    2. Komm, ich will mich dir ergeben
    3. Du bist der rechte Weg, die Wahrheit und das Leben
    4. Drauf schliess ich mich in deine Hände

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    2019 Hyperion CDA 68275
    2018 Rondeau ROP 6152
    2018 BR Klassik BRK 900523
    2018 BIS BIS 2251
    2017 Accent ACC 24331
    2017 Harmonia Mundi HMA 1901589
    2017 Ambroisie AMB 9917
    2017 Phi LPH 950
    2017 Westminster Choir College WCC 1709
    2017 Erato 0190295825072
    2015 Alpha 199
    2015 Proprius Music PRCD 2066
    2015 Alto MCSCD 1271
    2015 Resonus Classics RSN 10152
    2014 Sony Classical 88843047122
    2014 Harmonia Mundi HMA 1951231
    2014 Helios / Hyperion CDH 55417
    2013 CPO 7778072
    2013 Erato 2564647351
    2012 BIS BISCD 2011
    2012 Sony Classical 88697962552
    2012 Syrius SYR 141449
    2012 SDG (Soli Deo Gloria) / Soli Deo Gloria SDG 716
    2012 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099960230
    2012 Carus CARUS 83298
    2011 Cascavelle VEL 3158
    2011 Harmonia Mundi 902079
    2011 Capriccio Records 7100
    2011 Musica Omnia MO 0403
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    2011 Berlin Classics 030022BC
    2010 Signum Classics 213
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
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    1998 Fleurs de Lys FL2 3001
    1998 Sony Music Distribution 60155
    1998 Harmonia Mundi HMX290 8021/6
    1998 Dorian DOR93168
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    1995 Gothic Records 49052
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    Pro Organo 7020
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    BBC Music Magazine 44
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    UW Madison, School of Music 9088