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“Komm, süßer Tod, komm selge Ruh” (Come, sweet death, come, blessed rest) is a song for solo voice and basso continuo from the 69 Sacred Songs and Ariasthat Johann Sebastian Bach contributed to Musicalisches Gesangbuchby Georg Christian Schemelli (BWV 478), edited by Schemelli in 1736.The text is by an anonymous author.Bach, by means of melody and harmony, expresses the desire for death and heaven. It is among his most popular works and has been adapted and transformed by several composers, such as Max Reger,Leopold Stokowski, Knut Nystedt, and for theWanamaker Organ, byVirgil Fox.

Carlo Francesco Defranceschi

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