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Mutations from Bach

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Samuel Barber

Samuel Barber

General Info

Year: 1968
Duration: c. 5:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G Schirmer, Inc
Cost: Score & Parts - $25.00   


Full Score
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Mutations from Bach is a short sequence of transformations of the plain-song Christe, du Lamm Gottes (Christ, Thou Lamb of God). It is first heard as harmonized by Joachim Decker (1604); then in the harmonization of J.S. Bach from Cantata No. 23. It is also heard in canon at the twelfth (i.e., the choral prelude No. 21 from Bach's Orgelbuchlein). A quotation of the recitative section Ach, gehe nich voruber from Bach's Cantata No. 23 appears next. Finally, the work concludes with a restatement of the old version of the chorale.

- Program Note from score


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State Ratings

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  • East Carolina University (Greenville) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (William Staub, conductor) - 19 April 2022
  • University of Miami (Fla.) Frost Wind Ensemble (Jack J. Hontz, conductor) - 22 November 2020
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony (Karl Meyers, conductor) - 10 October 2020
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Symphony (Jonathan Poquette, conductor) – 15 April 2019
  • South Carolina Governor's School of the Arts Wind Ensemble – 12 March 2019
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Shawn Vondran, conductor) – 11 February 2018
  • University of Maryland (College Park) Wind Ensemble (Brian Coffill, conductor) – 6 December 2016

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