Christus, der ist mein Leben, BWV 95 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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Chorale: 'Valet will ich dir geben' (No.3)

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Chorale: 'Valet will ich dir geben' (No.3)

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General Information

Work Title Christus, der ist mein Leben
Alternative. Title Christ, He is my Life
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 95 ; BC A 136
Key G major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 7 movements:
  1. Chorale and Recitative (tenor): Christus, der ist mein Leben (G major)
  2. Recitativo (soprano): Nun, falsche Welt! (D minor-B minor)
  3. Chorale (soprano): Valet will ich dir geben (D major)
  4. Recitativo (tenor): Ach könnte mir doch bald so wohl geschehn (B minor-A major)
  5. Aria (tenor): Ach, schlage doch bald, selge Stunde (D major)
  6. Recitativo (bass): Denn ich weiß dies (B minor-G major)
  7. Choral: Weil du vom Tod erstanden bist (G major)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1723 in Leipzig
First Performance. 1723-09-12 in Leipzig
First Publication. 1875 (BGA)
Librettist see below
Martin Luther (1483-1546) (No.1)
Anonymous (Nos.1-2, 4-6)
Valerius Herberger (1562-1627) (No.3)
Nikolaus Herman (ca.1480-1561) (No.7)
Language German
Dedication 16th Sunday after Trinity
Average DurationAvg. Duration 21 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Voices: soprano, tenor, bass; mixed chorus (SATB)
Orchestra: 2 oboes d'amore, horn, strings, violoncello piccolo, continuo
Primary Sources Bach Digital (source list)
External Links Wikipedia article
Bach-Cantatas.com

Misc. Comments

Commentary on the movements

  1. [Chorale + Recitative] (Tenor): Christus, der ist mein Leben. Beginning with "an intimate melody of yearning for death,"1 the movement is an intense reflection of the text. The chorus then lapses into secco recitative.
  2. Recitativo (Soprano): Nun, falsche Welt! Secco recitative.
  3. Chorale (Soprano): Valet will ich dir geben. The soprano sings the plain chorale melody over continuo alone at first, and then oboes d'amore.
  4. Recitativo (Tenor): Ach könnte mir doch bald so wohl geschehn. Secco recitative.
  5. Aria (Tenor): Ach, schlage doch bald, selge Stunde. For obbligato oboe d'amore and pizzicato strings. The voice and the oboe are highly contrasted in nature.
  6. Recitativo (Bass): Denn ich weiß dies. Secco recitative.
  7. Choral: Weil du vom Tod erstanden bist. A plain chorale setting, with an expressive first violin part.

Print Sources Consulted

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005


Cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach