Ich ruf zu dir Herr Jesu Christ (I Call to You, Lord Jesus Christ), BWV 639 – Johann Sebastian Bach 

I Call to You, Lord Jesus Christ is the first composition presented here from Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750). This is such a quaint, but beautiful piece of music. I haven’t ever had a more difficult time looking up information about a piece of music than this one. Although it’s stated Ich ruf zu dir is amongst the most popular chorale preludes in Bach’s collection. These preludes were intended to be used in church services and an introduction to congregational singing. To give you a sense of Bach’s composition depth, Wikipedia published (as referenced below) an article of ‘Bach Works Catalogue‘ 1 to 1126! This piece is No. 639.

Bach was a German composer, and his compositions include secular and sacred music. In the 18th century he was valued primarily as an organist. Since the 19th-century Bach revival he has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music. Felix Mendelssohn is often credited as an important figure in reviving music from the past. He conducted a famous performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion on 11 March 1829. The concert is cited as one of the most significant events in the early music revival, although the performance used contemporary instruments and the work was condensed.

References:
1. BWV 639 Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ – Wikipedia
2. Never Before Was Jesus Called Upon So Movingly – Bach Society

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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8 comments on “Ich ruf zu dir Herr Jesu Christ (I Call to You, Lord Jesus Christ), BWV 639 – Johann Sebastian Bach 
  1. Badfinger (Max) says:

    Beautiful piece Matt!

    • Hey Max, happy Sunday to you! You just crossed my mind as I finished writing a song written by Tim Carroll from Indiana who played in Nashville. You may have heard of him.
      Any-hows, this is a great piece from Bach. No 639 of how many? Only 1126. Wow lol I’m glad you liked it so much.

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        I have heard of him…seems like he lives or plays in Nashville.
        I did like it…I’m amazed at those composers.

      • The song which is coming tomorrow by Tim Carroll is called ‘If I could’, but the rendition I highlighted is by Kasey Chambers who I know you are fond of.
        Regarding the Bach piece. I have already heard it two more times this morning and it just gets better each listen. As Sharon stated below it’s sombre but seems to me very apt for the times we live in.

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