Vor deinen Thron tret' ich hiermit, BWV 668 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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  • (Posted 2019-09-29)  CPDL #55462:     
Editor: Patrick Dunnevant (submitted 2019-09-29).   Score information: Letter, 15 pages, 972 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: This edition was transcribed from the 1751 C.P.E. Bach edition of The Art of Fugue and adapted for SATB ensemble. This version contains editorial dynamics and expressive markings.

General Information

Title: Vor deinen Thron tret' ich hiermit, BWV 668
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Lyricist: Bodo von Hodenbergcreate page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB

Genre: SacredChorale

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1751 in Die Kunst der Fuge
  2nd published: 1878 in Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 25.2
Opus: BWV 668
Description: This is a choral setting of BWV 668, often referred to as Bach's "Deathbed Chorale". Published in 1751 at the end of the Art of Fugue, this four-part chorale is likely the last piece of music that Bach ever wrote. This verson for SATB chorus features the text that Bach used as his title: "Vor deinen Thron tret' ich hiermit."

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Vor deinen Thron tret ich hiermit,
O Gott, und dich demütig bitt:
Wenn doch dein gnädig Angesicht
Von mir blutarmen Sünder nicht.

Ein selig ende mir bescher,
Am jüngsten tag erweck mich, Herr!
Daß ich dich schaue ewiglich.
Amen, Amen, erhöre mich.

English.png English translation

Before your throne I now appear,
O God, and bid you humbly,
Turn not your merciful face
From me, a pale sinner.

Confer on me a blessed end,
On the last day awaken me, Lord!
That I may see you eternally.
Amen, Amen, hear me.