Wachet! betet! betet! wachet! BWV 70 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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  • (Posted 2017-01-25)  CPDL #42799:  Network.png
Contributor: Paolo Pandolfo (submitted 2017-01-25).  Score information: A4, 42 pages, 2.47 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: scan of Bernhard Todt's piano-vocal score (English & German text)

Separate movements

7. Chorale: Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele

  • (Posted 2000-12-13)  CPDL #01880:         
Editor: Simone Olivieri (submitted 2000-12-13).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 35 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:
Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: The form of the melody seems to be from BWV 70, #7, but harmonization doesn't match. See the discussion page for full description.

General Information

Title: Wachet! betet! betet! wachet! BWV 70
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Lyricists: Salamo Franckcreate page and anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCantata for Trinity 26

Language: German
Instruments: Orchestra: oboe, trumpet, strings, continuo

First published: 1868 in Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 16
Opus: BWV 70, 11 movements
Description:  Performed 21 November 1723 in Leipzig. BWV 70a, for which string parts and a transposed continuo part survive, is an unexpanded setting of Salamo Franck's libretto for Advent II, probably performed 6 December 1716 in Weimar. 4 recitatives were added, as well as the choral dividing the 2 halves.

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Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele,
und vergiß all Not und Qual,
weil dich nun Christus, dein Herre,
ruft aus diesem Jammertal.
Aus Trübsal und großem Leid
sollst du fahren in die Freud,
die kein Ohr hat je gehöret,
die in Ewigkeit auch währet.