Chorals ornés

Johann Sebastian Bach, Anouk Bereau, Yves Daoust, Jacinthe Dompierre, Gaston Miron, Matthieu Simard

Programme notes

Rereading of the 14 chorals from the Orgelbüchlein (1708-14) by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Chorals ornés [Ornamented Chorals] was realized in 2007-08 at the composer’s studio in Montréal (Québec), and premiered by Régis Rousseau, organ, and Yves Daoust, mixing, during the concert Remix de classiques! presented on October 2, 2008 by Orgue et couleurs, as part of their Festival d’automne at Église Saint-Nom-de-Jésus in Montréal. This work was commissioned by Orgue et couleurs and Réseaux des arts médiatiques, with support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ). Texts are taken from the following poems: Matthieu Simard: Je t’écris petit; read by Julie Daoust; Anouk Bereau: Lettre d’amour?; read by Philippe Martin; Gaston Miron: Liminaire, l’Homme rapaillé; read by Vincent Graton and Yves Daoust; Jacinthe Dompierre: Mon bel amour; read by Linda Sorgini, and; Anouk Bereau: Va, mon bien-aimé; read by the author. The 14 chorals are taken from Orgelbüchlein (1708-14) by Johann Sebastian Bach. Chorals ornés was selected for the 2009 Musical Composition Prize of the Prince Pierre Foundation (Monaco), in the Music Composition category, and it was awarded the “Premiere of the Year” at the 13th Prix Opus 2008-09 of the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM).


  • October 2, 2008, Régis Rousseau, organ; Yves Daoust, diffusion • Fall Festival (2008): The Classics Remixed!, Église Saint-Nom-de-Jésus, Montréal (Québec)



In dir ist Freude

Vivid joy

Wenn wir in höchsten Nöthen sein


  • Instrumentation: organ (in foreground) and stereo fixed medium
  • Duration: 1:50
  • ISRC: CAD501110176

Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund


  • Duration: 4:28
  • ISRC: CAD501110177

Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel auf


  • Duration: 2:52
  • ISRC: CAD501110178

Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt

Chaos, despair

  • Duration: 7:13
  • ISRC: CAD501110179

Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier

Tender love

  • Duration: 2:13
  • ISRC: CAD501110180

Mit Fried und Freud fahr’ ich dahin

Confidence, resignation

  • Duration: 2:13
  • ISRC: CAD501110181

Es ist das Heil uns kommen hier

Vivid joy

Das alte Jahr vergangnen ist

Sad resignation

  • Duration: 4:46
  • ISRC: CAD501110183

Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar

Joy, celebration

  • Duration: 1:03
  • ISRC: CAD501110184

Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ


  • Duration: 0:50
  • ISRC: CAD501110185

Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ

Sadness, pain

  • Duration: 3:30
  • ISRC: CAD501110186

Christ lag in Todesbanden

Distress, despair

  • Duration: 2:00
  • ISRC: CAD501110187

Alle Menschen müssen sterben

Serenity, peace