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My Heart Is Filled With Longing (arr Reed)

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Johann Sebastian Bach

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

This work may be found under its German title, Herzlich tut mich verlangen.

General Info

Year: c. 1710 / 1986
Duration: c. 4:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Organ
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $27.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano 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

The eleventh in Alfred Reed’s series of masterful transcriptions and arrangements of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. The great chorale from the St. Matthew Passion is here treated instrumentally in an entirely new way, yielding fresh discoveries of beauty of form, tonal sequence and melodic design.

- Program Note from publisher

Johan Sebastian Bach was reared in the Protestant faith, of which a basic musical concept was the chorale, a simple, four-line musical form used in the early days of the Protestant Reformation for congregational singing. The chorales were taught to the congregation, who were for the most part illiterate and could not read music, through a didactic process known as "lining out." In this process the chorale would be sung by a precentor, or song-leader, one line at a time, with the congregation repeating each line as it was sung for them. This process was repeated with each chorale melody until the congregation had learned it and could sing it from memory.

The chorale concept became a basic part of the entire musical fabric of the Protestant worship service in Bach's Germany. In addition to the congregational singing of the chorales, the organist (a position Bach held for the majority of his adult creative life) was expected to improvise on the chorale melody as a prelude to the worship service. These chorale preludes, as they came to be called, constitute a large part of Bach's organ output.

The chorale on which this present wind ensemble arrangement is based is entitled Herzlich tut mich Verlangen (My Heart Is Filled with Longing). This Bach chorale is listed in the collected works of Bach as BWV 727... The Bach index lists this chorale as an organ chorale-prelude for two manuals and pedals, and notes that it was probably written while Bach was n the employ of the Duke of Weimar, between the years 1708 and 1717. The Duke took great pleasure in listening to Bach's organ music, and it was in Weimar that the majority of Bach's organ works were composed.

The melody of this chorale is probably better-known to Bach aficionados by another name, O Haupt voll Blut verwunden (O Sacred Head Now Wounded), which is the dominant chorale of Bach's great choral masterpiece, the oratorio known as the St. Matthew Passion, written in Leipzig in 1729.

- Program Note by Raymond A. Barr

Commissioned by Southern College of Seventh-Day Adventists, Collegedale, Tennessee, and dedicated to the first Adventist Collegiate Band Festival held on that campus, March 20-22, 1986.

- Program Note from score


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State Ratings

  • Florida: IV
  • Georgia: IV
  • Kansas: IV
  • Tennessee: V
  • Virginia: V


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  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Collegiate Winds (Onsby Rose, conductor) – 27 February 2018
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 27 September 2015

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  • Bach, J.; Reed, A. (1986). My heart Is Filled with Longing = Herzlich tut mich verlangen : Concert Band, Wind Ensemble [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
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