Text known to Bach (Weimar 1713):

Wenn wir in höchsten Nöthen seyn/
und wissen nicht/ wo aus noch ein/
und finden weder Hülf noch Rath/
ob wir gleich sorgen früh und spat.


When we are in utmost need
and know not where to turn
and find neither hope nor counsel
though we fret from morning till night.

Melody: Guillaume Franc, 1543, paraphrase of Lève le coeur
Text: Paul Eber (1511-69)

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The Print Collection

Volume 4 was published in 2017 by Edition Peters. Copies may still be available via their website. J S Bach’s setting of this chorale will be part of our revised Volume 4 which we plan to publish in due course.

Orgelbüchlein Extended

A selection of alternative and more extended compositions commissioned to complement The Print Collection. These are available for download only. To view available pieces and purchase, click HERE

Orgelbüchlein Community

A selection of compositions submitted from all around the world.

This chorale is yet to be tackled by the Community!


Played by William Whitehead at the organ of Lincoln’s Inn chapel, London.