Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier

Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier

BWV 730 performed by Erwin Wiersinga
Stiftskirche St. Georg, Goslar-Grauhof

Behind the music

Extra videos
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Simple solemnity

A deep longing proceeds at a brisk pace towards fulfilment.

Simplicity can sometimes be deceptive. The melody Bach arranges here accompanies a humble, inward-looking prayer by Tobias Clausnitzer. The hymn consists of just two short phrases, and the second half of each phrase is identical as well. Yet the melody has so many possibilities that Bach made it into several short organ preludes. In his Orgelbüchlein (1708-1717), he wrote down two different arrangements, which could be played by organists according to their level of proficiency. And in fact the same applies to the two separate surviving arrangements, BWV 730 and BWV 731. BWV 730 sticks to simple solemnity, even through there is increasing decoration towards the end. Here Bach refrains from the ‘inventive’ interludes, in which he rather overindulged in his early years – to the annoyance of his patrons. The result is a chorale prelude that does full justice to the words, with a deep longing proceeding at a brisk pace towards fulfilment. Organist Erwin Wiersinga could even imagine that this arrangement was accompanied by singing, and then on quite sustained notes, as happened in the Lutheran church under the influence of pietism. The decorations ensured that the piece remained interesting to the organist as well.

Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier
organ works
Special notes
The arrangement is one of the group of a few dozen scattered organ chorales by Bach that cannot be traced back to a creation date or occasion.

Extra videos

Organist Erwin Wiersinga

“You see in Bach a number of examples of embellishing of chorale settings and this piece is such an example.”

Vocal texts




  • Release date
    2 June 2017
  • Recording date
    25 August 2015
  • Location
    Stiftskirche St. Georg, Goslar-Grauhof
  • Organist
    Erwin Wiersinga
  • Organ
    Christoph Treutmann, 1731
  • Director and editor
    Onno van Ameijde
  • Camera
    Maarten van Rossem, Onno van Ameijde
  • Music recording, edit and mix
    Holger Schlegel
  • Producer
    Jessie Verbrugh
  • Interview
    Onno van Ameijde
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