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Forget Me Not, O Lord (arr. Reed)

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (adapt. and arr. Alfred Reed)

Subtitle: Vergiss Mein Nicht

General Info

Year: c. 1736 / 1985
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Song
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00; (digital) - $15.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00; (digital) - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo (doubles Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

An excellent example of Bach as a song writer. Taken from a volume of sacred songs published in 1736, Bach identifies it as an aria, not as a chorale, and must have thought of it as a lyrical melody to be sung in concert rather than as four square chorale.

- Program Note by publisher

Bach's chorale melody Vergis Mein Nicht first appeared in 1736 in a volume of sacred songs published by Georg Christian Schemelli (c1676-1762) in Leipzig where Bach was then serving as music director of several of that city's Protestant churches.

Schemelli's collection was not intended to be a collection of chorales for congregational singing in church, but rather as sacred ariettas or songs meant to be sung in private homes for family devotions, (something Bach took very seriously with his own large family).

Vergiss Mein Nicht is thus an excellent example of Bach's work as a song writer, a Lied composer, in addition to his activities as a church musician. Its warm flowing lyricism is worthy of comparison with the great songs of Schubert written at the beginning of the golden age of song which was to come, ironically, at about the same time as Bach's great musical heritage would be "discovered" during the early days of the nineteenth century.

- Program Note by Raymond A. Burr

Commissioned by the Andrews University Department of Music, and dedicated to the 1985 Lake Union Clinic Band, Barbara Favorito, coordinator.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class CC
  • Florida: IV
  • Kansas: III
  • Louisiana: III


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  • Bach, J.; Reed, A. (1985). Forget Me Not = Vergiss Mein Nicht : Concert Band/Wind Ensemble [score]. C.L. Barnhouse, Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • Perusal score