Instrumentation (this edition): Piano Reduction, SATB Choir
Originally for: SATB Choir, Orchestra
Work: Christus, der ist mein Leben (Chorale Setting), TWV 1:138
Work Language: German
Size: 7.5 x 10.6 inches
Urtext / Critical Edition
Chorale settings form a central part of Telemann's œuvre. His 1754 setting of the church hymn Christus, der ist mein Leben, based on Melchoir Vulpius' melody from the Hamburg Hymnal, is especially well-suited to display his mastery in depicting the words of the chorale. The so-called "Ausfüllungsbass" (a vocal bass added to the principal bass in tutti passages) was probably necessitated by the acoustical properties of Hamburg's churches.