Vater unser im Himmelreich (from the Orgelbüchlein), BWV 636
by Johann Sebastian Bach [playing time 1:22]  [Download the MP3]

J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
The greatest of them all
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"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 - Martin Luther; Tune - Martin Luther?; The Hymnal 1982 - #575

Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Who tells all of us to be brothers

And to call on You,

You call us to pray to You,

Grant that we pray not merely with our mouths,

but from the bottom of our hearts.

The text is a version of the Lord's Prayer, and Bach reflects the contemplative words in a very straightforward setting of the chorale.

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