Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Buxtehude - Membra Jesu Nostri - Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan

 


 

 

 

 

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Membra Jesu Nostri (English: The Limbs of our Jesus), BuxWV 75, is a cycle of seven cantatas composed by Dieterich Buxtehude in 1680, and imagededicated to Gustaf Düben. The full Latin title Membra Jesu nostri  patientis sanctissima translates to "The most holy limbs of our suffering Jesus". This work is known as the first Lutheran oratorio. The text, Salve mundi salutare – also known as the Rhythmica oratio – is a poem written by Medieval poet Arnulf of Louvain (died 1250). It is divided into seven parts, each addressed to a different part of Christ's crucified body: feet, knees, hands, side, chest, heart, and head. In each part Bible words referring to the limbs frame verses of the poem.

 

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