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BWV 637 — Through Adam's Fall (Bach)

“Through Adam's Fall” — BWV 637 — it is fascinating how Bach harmonised this choral which illustrates the fall of the human race. With a massive amount of dissonances and chromatic sequences, the effects of the ancestral sin are emphasised in an astonishing way.

To add even more intensity to the piece, I chose a plenum registration featuring trumpets, mixtures and other registers, giving a feeling of severity to the subject of the piece — the fall of man.

The piece ends in a positive manner, using major chords and upward chromatic structures.

The final chord is a major one, encapsulating the idea that even Adam fell, each one of us can be justified by grace, through Jesus — the Last Adam, as the Apostle Paul writes:

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Op 148, Verset No. 2 — Louis J.-A. Lefébure-Wély

To continue the idea of peace and meditation, this second section of Op. 148 is yet another piece to inspire the souls of the listeners and to create calmness.

The apostle Paul once wrote to the Philippians with his concern on this topic:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 4:6, 7 (NIV)

I chose a soft registration so that the listeners’ minds can meditate in the sacred atmosphere of the church and get closer to God.

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Op 148, Verset No. 1 — Louis J.-A. Lefébure-Wély

Jesus said:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” — John 14:27 (NIV)

Sometimes we need to stop from the usual daily activities to take a few moments to meditate, to find the peace that Jesus gives us.

That is what this song is about. I played it choosing a soft registration of Principal 8’ and Flute 8’ with the hope to bring peace to each one that listens to it.

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