Be Thou with Me


Johann Sebastian Bach’s Bist du bei mir  or Be Thou with Me is a well-known eighteenth century song, and It is arranged by Shari Pack for one pedal harp and one lever harp together or two pedal harps.

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In Be Thou with Me, Harp 1 is best played on a pedal harp, playing the melody and rolled chords.  Harp 2 can be played on a lever harp as well as a pedal harp, playing a flowing accompaniment. This work is attributed to Bach because it is in his Notebook for Anna Magdelena, but the melody has been discovered to be from a 1718 opera by G. H. Stolzel, Bach’s contemporary.  Here is a translation for the title and first words of the air, “When thou art near me, I go with joy, To death and to my rest.”  The performance time for Be Thou with Me is about two and a half minutes.

The arrangement comes with separate copies for First Harp and Second Harp and an Ensemble Copy showing the two parts together.

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PDF Download – Complete Set, PDF Download – Score, PDF Download – First Harp, PDF Download – Second Harp, Physical Copy