Ach, lieben Christen, seid getrost, BWV 114 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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Work Title Ach, lieben Christen, seid getrost
Alternative. Title AH, dear Christians, be of good Courage!
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 114
Key G minor
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 7 movements
  1. [Chorale]: Ach, lieben Christen, seid getrost (G minor)
  2. Aria (Tenor): Wo wird in diesem Jammertale (D minor)
  3. Recitativo (Bass): O Sünder, trage mit Geduld (G minor-D minor)
  4. Choral (Soprano): Kein Frucht das Weizen körnlein bringt (G minor)
  5. Aria (Alto): Du machst, o Tod, mir nun nicht ferner bange (B major)
  6. Recitativo (Tenor): Indes bedenke deine Seele (G minor)
  7. Choral: Wir wachen oder schlafen ein (G minor)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1724
First Performance. 1724-10-01 in Leipzig
Librettist Johannes Gigas (1514-1581) (Hymn)
Language German
Dedication 17th Sunday after Trinity
Average DurationAvg. Duration 26 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Vocal — Soloists (SATB), Chorus (SATB)
Orchestra — 2 oboes, horn, strings, continuo
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Commentary on the movements

  1. [Chorale]: Ach, lieben Christen, seid getrost. A vivace (so marked) first movement, using the standard formula of soprano chorale tune, imitative lower voices, and an independent instrumental texture here composed of lively dactyls.
  2. Aria (Tenor): Wo wird in diesem Jammertale. Beginning with a pedal point and angular, leaping flute figuration, this aria depicts the "vale of tears" perfectly.
  3. Recitativo (Bass): O Sünder, trage mit Geduld. Secco recitative-arioso.
  4. Choral (Soprano): Kein Frucht das Weizen körnlein bringt. The hesitating continuo line offers a counterpoint similar to the baseline of the first movement to the choral tune.
  5. Aria (Alto): Du machst, o Tod, mir nun nicht ferner bange. Although written in B, the movement is so often in the minor that it is almost as dark as the others, yet the "joyful, confident tone" does come through in places1.
  6. Recitativo (Tenor): Indes bedenke deine Seele. Secco recitative.
  7. Choral: Wir wachen oder schlafen ein. A plain chorale setting.

Print Sources Consulted

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach