Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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Aria: Bereite dich, Zion (No.4)

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Aria: Bereite dich, Zion (No.4)

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For 4 Recorders (Olschewski)

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Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her (No.17)

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Chorale: Jesus richte mein Beginnen (No.42)

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Chorus: Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben (No.54)

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Copyist Carl Friedrich Zelter (1758-1832), cover pages (index)
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I. Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage (Nos.1-9)

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17. Schaut hin, dort liegt im finstern Stall / Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her
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Ich steh' an deiner Krippen hier (No.59)

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Aria: Bereite dich, Zion (No.4)

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Chorale: Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ (No.7)

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Aria: Grosser Herr und starker König (No.8)

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Sinfonia (No.10)

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Choral: Brich an o schönes Morgenlicht (No.12)

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Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her (No.17)

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Schlafe, mein Liebster (No.19)

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Wir singen dir in deinem Heer (No.23)

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Herrscher des Himmels (No.24)

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Chorale: Jesus richte mein Beginnen (No.42)

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Chorus: Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben (No.54)

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Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen (No.64)

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General Information

Work Title Weihnachtsoratorium
Alternative. Title Christmas Oratorio
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 248
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 6 Parts/Days, 64 pieces
  • I. Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage (Cantata for Christmas Day)
1. Coro: Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf preiset die Tage (D major)
2. Evangelista: Es begab sich aber zu der Zeit (B minor)
3. Recitative (Alto): Nun wird mein liebster Bräutigam (A major)
4. Aria (Alto): Bereite dich, Zion, mit zärtlichen Trieben (A minor)
5. Choral: Wie soll ich dich empfangen? (A minor)
6. Envagelista: Und sie gebar ihren ersten Sohn (E minor)
7. Choral, Recitativo (Soprano, Bass): Er ist auf Erden kommen arm
8. Aria (Bass): Großer Herr, o starker König (D major)
9. Choral: Ach mein herzliebes Jesulein (D major)
  • II. Und es waren Hirten in derselben Gegend (Cantata for the 2nd Day of Christmas)
10. Sinfonia (G major)
11. Evangelista: Und es waren Hirten in derselben (E minor)
12. Choral: Brich an, o schönes Morgenlicht. A plain chorale setting (G major)
13. Evangelista, An Angel (Soprano): Und der Engel sprach zu ihnen (D major)
14. Recitative (Bass): Was Gott dem Abraham verheißen (G major)
15. Aria (Tenor): Frohe Hirten, eilt, ach eilet (E minor)
16. Evangelista: Und das habt zum Zeichen (G major)
17. Choral: Schaut hin, dort liegt im finstern Stall (C major)
18. Recitative (Bass): So geht denn hin, ihr Hirten, geht (A minor)
19. Aria (Alto): Schlafe, mein Liebster, genieße der Ruh (G major)
20. Evangelista: Und alsobald war da bei dem Engel die (D major)
21. Chorus: Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe (G major)
22. Recitative (Bass): So recht, ihr Engel, jauchzt und singet (G major)
23. Chorale: Wir singen dir in deinem Heer (G major)
  • III. Herrscher des Himmels, erhöre das Lallen (Cantata for the 3rd Day of Christmas)
24. Chorus: Herrscher des Himmels, erhöre das Lallen (D major)
25. Evangelista: Und da die Engel von ihnen (E major)
26. Chorus: Lasset uns nun gehen gen Bethlehem (A major)
27. Recitative (Bass): Er hat sein Volk getröst (C minor)
28. Choral: Dies hat er alles uns getan (A major)
29. Aria Duetto (Soprano, Bass): Herr, dein Mitleid, dein Erbarmen (A major)
30. Evangelista: Und sie kamen eilend und funden beide (F minor)
31. Aria (Alto): Schließe, mein Herze, dies selige Wunder (B minor)
32. Recitative (Alto): Ja, ja, mein Herz soll es bewahren (D major)
33. Choral: Ich will dich mit Fleiß bewahren (G major)
34. Evangelista: Und die Hirten kehrten wieder um (E minor)
35. Choral: Seid froh dieweil (F minor)
24. Chorus da capo: Herrscher des Himmels, erhöre das Lallen (D major)
  • IV. Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben (Cantata for New Year's Day/Feast of the Circumcision)
36. Chorus: Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben (F major)
37. Evangelista: Und da acht Tage um waren (C major)
38. Recitative con Chorale (Soprano, Bass):
Immanuel, o süßes Wort - Jesu, du mein liebstes Leben (D minor)
39. Aria (Soprano, Echo—Soprano): Flößt, mein Heiland, flößt dein Namen (C major)
40. Recitative con Chorale (Soprano, Bass):
Wohlan! dein Name soll allein - Jesu, meine Freud' und Wonne (C major)
41. Aria (Tenor): Ich will nur dir zu Ehren leben (D minor)
42. Chorale: Jesus richte mein Beginnen (F major)
  • V. Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen (Cantata the Sunday after New Year)
43. Coro: Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen (A major)
44. Evangelista: Da Jesus geboren war zu Bethlehem (F minor)
45. Chorus + Recitativo (Alto): Wo ist der neugeborne König der Jüden? (D major)
46. Choral: Dein Glanz all' Finsternis verzehrt (A major)
47. Aria (Bass): Erleucht' auch meine finstre Sinnen (F minor)
48. Evangelista: Da das der König Herodes hörte (A major)
49. Recitative (Alto): Warum wollt ihr erschrecken (C minor)
50. Evangelista: Und ließ versammeln alle Hohenpriester (E major)
51. Trio (Soprano, Alto, Tenor): Ach! wann wird die Zeit erscheinen? (B minor)
52. Recitative (Alto): Mein Liebster herrschet schon (F minor)
53. Choral: Zwar ist solche Herzensstube (A major)
  • VI. Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben (Cantata for the Feast of Epiphany)
54. Chorus: Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben (D major)
55. Evangelista: Da berief Herodes die Weisen heimlich (A major)
56. Recitative (Soprano): Du Falscher, suchet nur den Herrn zu fällen (B minor)
57. Aria (Soprano): Nur ein Wink von seinen Händen (A major)
58. Evangelista: Als sie nun den König gehöret hatten (F minor)
59. Choral: Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier (G major)
60. Evangelista: Und Gott befahl ihnen im Traum' (E minor)
61. Recitative (Tenor): So geht! Genug, mein Schatz geht nicht von hier (F minor)
62. Aria (Tenor): Nun mögt ihr stolzen Feinde schrecken (B minor)
63. Recitative (SATB): Was will der Höllen Schrecken nun (D major)
64. Choral: Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen (D major)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1733-34
First Performance. 1734 (December 25, 26 & 27)
1735 (January 1, 2, 6)
First Publication. 1856 (Bach Gesellschaft Ausgabe)
Librettist Picander (= Christian Friedrich Henrici, 1700–1764)
Language German
Average DurationAvg. Duration 155 minutes over 6 days
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation voices, chorus, orchestra
N.B. Instrumentation varies per day; see commentary for specifics
Vocal soli
soprano, alto, tenor, bass
Mixed Chorus (SATB)
Orchestra
2 flutes, 2 oboes (also oboes d'amore), 3 trumpets, timpani, strings, continuo (with organ)
External Links Wikipedia article
Bach-Cantatas.com
Weihnachts-Oratorium - scores at Sheet Music Plus
Extra Information Commentary on sections

Misc. Comments

Cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach
Passions and Oratorios (BWV 244-249) by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • BWV 248 Weihnachts-Oratorium (Psalm 117)
  • BWV 249 Cantata
  • BWV 249/1 Kommt, eilet und laufet
  • BWV 249/2 Oster-Oratorium
  • BWV 249a Entfliehet, verschwindet, entweichet, ihr Sorgen
  • BWV 249b Verjaget, zerstreuet, zerrütet, ihr Sterne