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Chorale from Cantata BWV 140,
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
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The Sax-Chamber Orchestra
Lawrence Gwozdz

From The Organ Works: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 (arr. Worley); Prelude and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 558 (arr. Loboda); Prelude and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 554 (arr. Norris); From The Vocal Works: Chorale Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 739 (arr. Patrick); Chorale from Cantata BWV 140, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Nicolai/Bach, arr. Hartley); Jesu bleibet meine Freude from Cantata BWV 147, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (arr. Caravan); O Haupt voll Blut und Wurden from the Passion according to the Gospel of St. Matthew, BWV 244 (arr. Raschèr); Chorale and Opening Chorus from Cantata BWV 99, Was Gott thut, das ist wohlgethan (arr. Heyburn);
From The Musical Offering, BWV 1079: Ricercare á 6 (arr. Patrick); From The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue XXII, BWV 867 (arr. Caravan, Koulman); From The Art Of The Fugue, BWV 1080: Contrapunctus I (arr. Hunt); From The Orchestra Works: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, BWV 1051 (transcr. Western)
The spirit of invention has distinguished mankind throughout recorded history; the art of music is one of the more sublime and universal manifestations of this impulse. The concept of invention, of course, can be interpreted in multifarious ways, depending upon whether one is referring to the actual formation of tones into meaningful structures (composition) or to the creation of media through which these ideas are articulated (a domain of engineering). What a unique opportunity, therefore, that the two modes may meet in the union of German master composer Johann Sebastian Bach and the Belgian instrument designer Adolphe Sax. Bach is renowned for fusing disparate international musical styles through dazzling contrapuntal technique, consequently encapsulating the mature Baroque era in his oeuvre. Sax, on the other hand, made improvements to the bass clarinet, laid the groundwork for the euphonium, and patented his seminal invention, the saxophone, in 1846.