Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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  • (Posted 2017-02-06)  CPDL #42984:  Network.png
Contributor: Paolo Pandolfo (submitted 2017-02-06).  Score information: A4, 52 pages, 2.91 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Scan of Bernhard Todt's piano-vocal score. English and German text.

Separate movements

  • (Posted 2017-03-23)  CPDL #43712:       
Editor: Clifton Hughes (submitted 2017-03-23).   Score information: A4, 24 pages, 279 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Organ score for movements 1, 5 and 7.

General Information

Title: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCantata

Language: German
Instruments: Orchestra: 3 oboes (doubling 2 oboes d'amore & oboe da caccia), strings, continuo. 3 trumpets and timpani added later by W. F. Bach and included in the BGA.

First published: 1870 in Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 18
Opus: BWV 80, 8 movements
Description: Cantata for Reformation Day (October 31), based on a lost 1716 cantata for Lent III, Alles, was von Gott geboren (BWV 80a) on a libretto by Salomo Franck. Bach's first reworking from around 1723 exists in a few fragments; the opening movement was recomposed in the 1730's.

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