Johann Sebastian Bach: Thou who, a God, as man yet came

Johann Sebastian Bach

Thou who, a God, as man yet came

Cantata for the Sunday of Estomihi

BWV 127, 1725

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Cantata BWV 127 belongs to the cycle of chorale cantatas which Bach performed in 1724/25 in Leipzig. It bears close links to the St John Passion, which was performed on Good Friday 1725 in its second version. In formal terms and in the interpretation of the text and its orchestration, it is one of the most astonishing vocal works by Bach. The opening chorus, with its multi-layered construction, is nothing less than a preliminary version for the chorale fantasia “O Mensch bewein dein Sünde groß”. The aria “Die Seele ruht in Jesu Händen” is distinguished by its exquisite scoring: a solo oboe and the soprano form a duet, whilst the background comprises delicate chords on recorders and continuo, intended to symbolize funeral bells. A solo trumpet gives the following movement particular brilliance. The words “Ich breche mit starker und helfender Hand” unmistakably anticipate the chorus “Sind Blitze, sind Donner in Wolken verschwunden” from the St Matthew Passion.

 

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Editor

Hans Grischkat Personal details
Felix Loy Personal details

Translator

Henry Drinker Personal details

Songwriter / Librettist

Paul Eber Personal details

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach Personal details

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Johann Sebastian Bach: Herr Jesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott BWV 127

Bachs Kantate BWV 127 gehört dem Kantatenjahrgang an, den er 1724/25 in Leipzig aufgeführt hat. Über den formalen Aufbau des Werkes, bestehend aus Eingangschor über „Herr Jesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott“, zwei Rezitativen, einer Sopranarie und dem Schlusschoral, informiert das ganz ausgezeichnete Vorwort genauso wie über die Aufführungen zu Bachs Zeiten, Quellenmaterial usw. Der Klavierauszug von Paul Horn enthält die wesentlichen Angaben zur Instrumentierung, weist jedem Vokalpart ein eigenes Liniensystem zu und ist drucktechnisch sehr sauber gearbeitet.

Quelle: Singende Kirche 4/1998, S. 278