Georg Böhm, an important figure in Bach’s development, takes an attractive lyrical view of the chorale tradition in Vater unser im Himmelreich, where the composer models the hymn as a formal coloratura aria, similar to the later ‘Fantasia in F minor’ by Krebs for oboe and organ. The subdued intensity of the solo lines and the beautifully crafted accompaniment look ahead to the further delineation of styles which became gradually more formalised and generic in the 18th century. Indeed, Johann Gottfried Walther embellished the work in a study in high-baroque melodic sophistication. Böhm’s simpler, unadorned version is published here. A gentle, mellifluous and easy line will serve the trumpet player well.

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood

Parts included:

  • Trumpet in C
  • Piano

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