First you will hear the chorale itself, played slowly. You may recognize the familiar hymn tune ST. THEODULPH. Many Christian denominations sing it on Palm/Passion Sunday - “All Gory, Laud, and Honor”. Let the tune sink in.
The recording continues with a beautiful organ fantasia based on this hymn tune. As a musical meditation, try and follow the hymn tune heard in the low pedal part. Bach’s musical genius is on full display in this work, which might have begun as an improvisation. Notice the folksy and almost humerous nature of the high flutes, written as a gigue based in style on the Irish jig - almost rustic and shepherdlike.
We Place Upon Your Table, Lord, recorded by Richard Hicks. Let the first verse play as introduction, and then sing the three verses shown here. This hymn is appropriate for setting the table on this day of the Last Supper.
This chorale is presented multiple times in different harmonizations in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. I have chosen a simpler Bach harmonization for verses 1-2, and the slightly more complex one shown here for verses 3-4. Why not sing along?