Johann Sebastian Bach: O you pleasant sweetheart

Johann Sebastian Bach

O you pleasant sweetheart

Cantata for the 1st day of Christmas. Reconstruction Diethard Hellmann

BWV 197a, 4, 1728

Description

Only a fragment of the score survives of Bach’s Christmas cantata "Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe" BWV 197a, composed to a text from the "Picander cycle" of 1728, insufficient to allow a reconstruction of the complete cantata. The fragment begins with the end section of an aria which Bach later transferred into his wedding cantata "Gott ist unsre Zuversicht" BWV 197. The movement, a lullaby of dreamlike beauty, has long been known as a particular jewel amongst Bach’s cantatas. Starting with the surviving end section from the fragmentary score plus Bach’s later revision, Diethard Hellmann has convincingly reconstructed the original version so that this aria can also be performed at Christmas. Bach’s Wedding Cantata BWV 197 is available separately (Carus 31.197/50).

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full score

31.197/00
16 pages, DIN A4, paperback
EUR8,95 / copies
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study score

31.197/07
16 pages, DIN A5, paperback
EUR7,50 / copies
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set of parts, complete orchestral parts

31.197/19
23 x 32 cm, without cover
EUR21,00 / copies
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  • consisting of
    1 x set of parts, harmony parts, 1 x bassoon, 1 x flute 1, 1 x flute 2 (31.197/09)
    each: 7,00 €
    2 x individual part, violoncello/double bass (31.197/11)
    each: 2,00 €
    1 x individual part, organ (31.197/49)
    each: 14,00 €

individual part, organ

31.197/49
12 pages, 23 x 32 cm
EUR14,00 / copies
available

Product information

Songwriter / Librettist

Christian Friedrich Henrici (Picander) Personal details

Arranger

Diethard Hellmann Personal details

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach Personal details