Johann Sebastian Bach: Be not afraid, I am with you

Johann Sebastian Bach

Be not afraid, I am with you

Motette

BWV 228, 1726 (?)

Description

The motet Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir has long posed various puzzles for Bach scholars. Nothing is known about the occasion or date of its composition, and the musical text itself only survives in contradictory and partially incorrect sources. This motet possibly came from Bach’s Weimar period. The double-choir first section of the motet – beginning with the basses of both choirs declaiming the first line of text like a motto in unison – is followed by a second part in which the biblical text is simultaneously combined with a chorale (here in the soprano), a popular stylistic device in Thuringian and Saxon motets throughout the 18th century.

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Product information

Editor

Günter Graulich Personal details

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach Personal details