Telemann: Christus, der ist mein Leben, TWV 1:138

Chorale Setting

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  • Composer: Georg Philipp Telemann
  • Editor: Ute Poetzsch
  • Instrumentation (this edition): Piano Reduction, SATB Choir
  • Originally for: SATB Choir, Orchestra
  • Work Language: German
  • ISMN: 979-000656305-0
  • Size: 7.5 x 10.6 inches
  • Pages: 33
  • 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.