Christum wir sollen loben schon, BWV 121 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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Aria: 'O du von Gott erhöhte Kreatur' (No.2)

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Sheet Music

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Editor Alfred Dörffel (1821–1905)
Publisher. Info. Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 26
Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1878. Plate B.W. XXVI.
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Arrangements and Transcriptions

Chorus: 'Christum wir sollen loben schon' (No.1)

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Aria: 'O du von Gott erhöhte Kreatur' (No.2)

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Aria: 'Johannis freudenvolles Springen' (No.4)

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General Information

Work Title Christum wir sollen loben schon
Alternative. Title Christ we shall praise splendidly
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 121 ; BC A 13
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IJB 737
Key E minor
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 6 movements:
  1. Chorus: Christum wir sollen loben schon [schön] (E minor-F minor)
  2. Aria (tenor): O du von Gott erhöhte Kreatur (B minor)
  3. Recitativo (alto): Der Gnade unermeßlich's Wesen (D major-C major)
  4. Aria (bass): Johannis freudenvolles Springen (C major)
  5. Recitativo (soprano): Doch wie erblickt es dich in deiner Krippe? (G major-B minor)
  6. Chorale: Lob, Ehr und Dank sei dir gesagt (E minor-F minor)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1724 in Leipzig
First Performance. 1724-12-26 in Leipzig
First Publication. 1878 (BGA)
Librettist see below
Martin Luther (1483-1546) (Nos.1, 6)
Anonymous (Nos.2-5)
Language German
Dedication 2nd day of Christmas
Average DurationAvg. Duration 21 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Voices: soprano, alto, tenor, bass; mixed chorus (SATB)
Orchestra: oboe d'amore, cornetto (or horn), 3 trombones, 2 violins, viola, continuo (harpsichord and/or organ)
Primary Sources Bach Digital (source list)
External Links Wikipedia article
Bach-Cantatas.com

Misc. Comments

Commentary on the movements

  1. [Chorale]: Christum wir sollen loben schon [schön]. A choral motet—each line has an imitative section with the soprano singing the chorale tune as cantus firmus. The sound, perhaps due to the ancient form, is firmly rooted in the past.
  2. Aria (Tenor): O du von Gott erhöhte Kreatur. An interesting phrase structure of 12 measures begins the aria; the oboe d'amore gets quite a workout in the process.
    The fluctuation between the tonic and relative minor illustrates the dual nature of the text.
  3. Recitativo (Alto): Der Gnade unermeßlichs Wesen. Secco recitative, with an interesting final cadence.
  4. Aria (Bass): Johannis freudenvolles Springen. Accompanied by all the strings, this attractive movement is full of complex imitation, but is still euphonious and pleasing, with no need for deep analysis to discover its full pleasures.
  5. Recitativo (Soprano): Doch wie erblickt es dich in deiner Krippen? Secco recitaitve.
  6. Choral: Lob, Ehr und Dank sei dir gesagt. A plain chorale setting.

Print Sources Consulted

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.


Cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach