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Bach’s duet n°2: “Wir eilen mit schwachen, doch emsigen Schritten” from his Cantata “Jesu, der du meine Seele” BWV78 exemplifies what is so distinctive about Bach’s music: it speaks directly, and as strongly, to one’s soul and one’s body. The way Bach combines and weaves together the soprano and the alto voices forms an incredibly spiritual sonority that is at the same time sensual, taking into account that no soul lives outside a body. The texture is at once light and airy and velvety, a sound one can almost touch.
A sound that tastes like a great vintage German Riesling from a classic producer such as Dönnhoff in the Nahe region, or a sublime dessert wine from Alsace, like Domaine Weinbach’s Cuvée St. Catherine or Cuvée St. Laurence, both late harvest wines made from Riesling and Gewürtztraminer, respectively. With their incredible vein of acidity and minerality, both wines take your palate on a journey that is at once complex and inviting, challenging but always deeply satisfying – and sometimes even life-changing.
Many people, religious or not, have likened experiences with great German and Alsatian wines to that of a spiritual awakening. In the Bach duet, the repetition of the musical motive and the variations around it speak to this spiritualism by materializing the “faltering yet eager steps” with which we undertake our life’s journey. The rising intertwining figure gives the impression of a very human striving, towards a very spiritual goal, asking us again, who says sacred music is made for the soul only? And as the aria unfolds, it becomes increasingly clear that the spiritual goal Bach devised in his music is in fact this step-by-step journey itself.
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