Ach Gott und Herr, wie gross und schwer (Chorale), BWV 255 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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Editor: Claudio Macchi (submitted 2002-07-22).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 71 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Ach Gott und Herr, wie gross und schwer (Chorale)
Composer: Anonymous
Arranger: Johann Sebastian Bach
Lyricist: Martin Rutilius

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredChorale   Meter: 87. 87 or 447. 447

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1625 in Leipzig Choral-Buch
  2nd published: 1627 in Cantionale, oder Gesängbuch
  3rd published: 1784 in Vierstimmige Choralgesänge, Teil 1, no. 40
  4th published: 1898 in 389 Choralgesänge, no. 3
Opus: BWV 0255

Description: Bach's arrangement is in C Major. Words by Martin Rutilius, 1604 (or possibly his student, Johann Major in 1613), with ten stanzas. See Ach Gott und Herr (Johann Hermann Schein) for an earlier arrangement in C minor.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Ach Gott und Herr.