Text known to Bach (Weimar 1713):

O Traurigkeit/ O Hertzeleid/
ist das nicht zu beklagen!
Gottes Vaters einig Kind/
wird ins Grab getragen.


O sadness, O heartbreak!
Is this not to be lamented?
The only child of God the Father
is carried to the grave.

NB The melodic repeat was apparently only observed in Dresden.

Melody: Anon. – Würzburg 1627 (Johann Volmar)
Text: v. 1 Friedrich Spee von Langenfeld (1591-1635), vv. 2-8 Johann Rist (1606-67) – Lüneburg 1641

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The Print Collection

There are two settings of chorale 29, one by Lorenzo Ghielmi in Bach style, the other commissioned by Liz and Albert Goh and composed by Elena Langer. They will be part of our printed Volume 1, due for publication in late 2023.

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