Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn, BWV 132 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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Aria: Christi Glieder, ach bedenket (No.5)

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Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1881. Plate B.W. XXVIII.
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Aria: Christi Glieder, ach bedenket (No.5)

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General Information

Work Title Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn
Alternative. Title Prepare the Paths, Prepare the Road!
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 132
Key A major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 6 movements
  1. Aria (Soprano): Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn! (A major)
  2. Recitativo (Tenor): Willst du dich Gottes Kind und Christi Bruder nennen (A major)
  3. Aria (Bass): Wer bist du? Frage dein Gewissen (E major)
  4. Recitativo (Alto): Ich will, mein Gott, dir frei heraus bekennen (B minor-D major)
  5. Aria (Alto): Christi Glieder, ach bedenket (B minor)
  6. Chorale: Ertöt uns durch deine Güte (A major)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1715
First Performance. 1715-12-22 in Weimar
First Publication. 1881 (BGA)
Librettist Salomo Franck (1659-1725) (Hymn)
Language German
Average DurationAvg. Duration 22 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Vocal: Soloists (SATB), mixed chorus (SATB (optional?))
Orchestra: 2 Oboes, Strings, BC (with bassoon)
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Misc. Comments

For the Fourth Sunday of Advent.

Commentary on the movements

  1. Aria (Soprano): Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn! The light scoring and lively use of frequent concertante oboe solos offers this aria "buoyant rhythm...[with] exceptional charm"1. Frequent melismas in the voice show off the singer's technique while simultaneously illustrating the text: "Machet die Stege...ganz eben".
  2. Recitativo (Tenor): Willst du dich Gottes Kind und Christi Bruder nennen. Secco recitative with frequent arioso and imitation.
  3. Aria (Bass): Wer bist du? Frage dein Gewissen. A continuo aria, but the cello part is, practically speaking, and obbligato part. The leaping motive and its frequent repetition are to be interpreted as asking the listener to examine his own conscience1. The vocal part is unusually low-lying.
  4. Recitativo (Alto): Ich will, mein Gott, dir frei heraus bekennen. Accompagnato with strings.
  5. Aria (Alto): Christi Glieder, ach bedenket. Solo violin begins out as a lament, but then turns into a virtuosic accompaniment, while the voice pleads out the words.
  6. Chorale: Ertöt uns durch deine Güte. A plain chorale setting, although notably omitted in the score.

Print Sources Consulted

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