For a work that has only been known of since 1985, this chorale prelude has received a relatively sizeable amount of attention. Other Bach pieces rediscovered that year in the now-famous Neumeister Collection at the Yale Library by organist/scholar Christoph Wolff have generally not fared as well, at least on recordings. "Gott ist mein Heil, mein Hilf und Trost" (God Is My Welfare, My Help and Comfort) offers music that perfectly matches the reassuring words of its title. Bach was a deeply religious man who was ever ingenious and ever imaginative in capturing the spirit of the chorale's text when he fashioned preludes based on their themes. This one presents the chorale melody in glittering sonorities, the upper register beaming as it surrounds the main line with running contrapuntal accompaniment. In later appearances, the glorious theme is also heard in the higher ranges, with the accompaniment in the middle register. About midway through, the music is briefly pruned of some of its contrapuntal activity, the thematic material mostly played in chords amid lively trills. This approximately three-minute work closes in much the same resplendent mood in which it opened.
Description by Robert Cummings
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