Variations on a Theme by J. S. Bach
In the piece “Variations on a Theme by J. S. Bach”, the theme (the Christmas Choral “Ich steh' an deiner Krippen hier” from “Schemelliís Musicalisches Gesangbuch” published in 1736) is interwoven with a net of numerous other themes and motives which affords telling a story from the life of Jesus in each variation.
The Introduction “Annunciation” depicts the scene of the Virgin Mary and the angel. The theme by Bach itself represents the birth of Jesus. Later the motif of the demon who also acts as tempter, the entire Christ-Theme after the baptism, and the motif ascribed to the – back then understood as female – Holy Spirit resp. to Sophia are found.
Thus the listener will find a forgotten Christian spiritual tradition in an encrypted form in the music.
The structure of the piece in detail:
Duration: ca. 24 minutes