Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn (from the Orgelbüchlein), BWV 630
by Johann Sebastian Bach [playing time 1:13]  [Download the MP3]

J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
The greatest of them all

"Who's your favorite composer?" is as tired a question as "Whomever I'm listening to at the moment" is an answer. If pressed, however, and with apologies to Ludwig, Wolfgang, Pyotr, and all the other greats, I would give the nod to Bach. His supreme blending of beauty, logic, and inventiveness has never been surpassed, and much of my avocational music-making is devoted to listening, learning, and making synthesized realizations of his music.

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Text - ?; Tune - ?, 1628; The Hymnal 1982 - N/A

Today the Son of God triumphs,

He who arose from the dead


in great splendor and glory.

For this we thank Him forever.


This exuberant Easter chorale features a prominent four-note motive in the pedal that says, in the boldest possible way: Al - le - lu - ia!

I have used a marcato string patch in the pedals along with the organ to give this motive some punch, while a trumpet sounds the melody in the soprano.

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