Christ lag in Todes Banden, BWV 4 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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General Information

Work Title Christ lag in Todes Banden
Alternative. Title Christ lay in Death's Bonds
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 4 ; BC A54a-b
Key E minor
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 8 sections
  1. Sinfonia
  2. Verse I: Christ lag in Todes Banden
  3. Verse II: Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt
  4. Verse III: Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn
  5. Verse IV: Es war ein wunderlicher Krieg
  6. Verse V: Hier ist das rechte Osterlamm
  7. Verse VI: So feiern wir das hohe Fest
  8. Verse VII: Wir essen und leben wohl
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1707, 1724/25
1707 (1st version)
1724 (2nd version)
1725 (3rd version)
First Performance. 1707-4-24 in Mühlhasen (1st version), repeat 1708-4-8
1724-4-9 in Leipzig (2nd version, after the Sermon)
1725-4-1 in Leipzig (3rd version, after the Sermon)
First Publication. 1851 (BGA)
Librettist Martin Luther (1483–1546)
Language German
Dedication Easter Sunday
Average DurationAvg. Duration 20 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation voices, chorus, orchestra
Vocal Soli
Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass
Mixed Chorus (SATB)
Orchestra
cornetto (3rd version only), 3 trombones (3rd version only), strings (2 violas), continuo
External Links Wikipedia article
Bach-Cantatas.com
Bach.de (German)
Christ lag in Todesbanden - scores at Sheet Music Plus


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Commentary on the movements

  1. Sinfonia: strings and continuo
  2. Verse I: "Christ lag in Todes Banden" - The alto, tenor, and bass voices sing free counterpoint, while the cantus firmus is sung by the soprano in unadorned, long notes; Cornetto & Tromboni colla parte with voices (3rd version only).
  3. Verse II: "Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt" ("Nobody could overcome death") - for soprano, alto and continuo (3rd version= Cornetto col Soprano, Trombone I coll'Alto).
  4. Verse III: "Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn" ("Jesus Christ, Son of God") - for tenor and continuo with 2 violins obbligato.
  5. Verse IV: "Es war ein wunderlicher Krieg" ("There was a wondrous war") - for soprano, alto, tenor, bass and continuo.
  6. Verse V: "Hier ist das rechte Osterlamm" ("Here is the true Easter Lamb") - for bass, strings and continuo.
  7. Verse VI: "So feiern wir das hohe Fest" ("So we celebrate the high feast") - for soprano, tenor and continuo.
  8. Verse VII: "Wir essen und leben wohl" ("We eat and live well") - A chorale, sung and played by the whole ensemble (2nd and 3rd version), the alto, tenor, and bass voices sing free counterpoint, while the cantus firmus is sung by the soprano in unadorned, long notes. (1st version); Cornetto col Soprano, Trombone I coll'Alto, Trombone II col Tenore, Trombone III col Basso (3rd version only).

Print Sources Consulted

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