Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes, BWV 76 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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Wilhelm Rust (1822–1892)

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Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 18 (pp.189-232)
Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1870. Plate B.W. XVIII.

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Bernhard Todt (1822–1907) [?]

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Work Title Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes
Alternative Title The Heavens are Telling the Glory of God
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue Number BWV 76
Movements/Sections 14 movements in 2 parts
  • Prima parte
1. Chorus: Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes (C major)
2. Recitativo (Tenor): So läßt sich Gott nicht unbezueget! (A minor-E minor)
3. Aria (Soprano): Hört, ihr Völker, Gottes Stimme (G major)
4. Recitativo (Bass): Wer aber hört (E minor-C major)
5. Aria (Bass): Fahr hin, abgöttische Zunft! (C major)
6. Recitativo (Alto): Du hast uns, Herr, von allen Straßen (E minor)
7. Choral: Es woll uns Gott genädig sein (E minor)
  • Seconda parte
8. Sinfonia (E minor)
9. Recitativo (Bass): Gott segne noch die treue Schar (B minor-A minor)
10. Aria (Tenor): Hasse nur, hasse mich recht (A minor)
11. Recitativo (Alto): Ich fühle schon im Geist (F major-C major)
12. Aria (Alto): Liebt, ihr Christen, in der Tat! (E minor)
13. Recitativo (Tenor): So soll die Christenheit (C major-E minor)
14. Choral: Es danke, Gott, und lobe dich (E minor)
Year/Date of Composition 1723
First Performance 1723-06-06
Librettist Anonymous
Language German
Average Duration 35 minutes
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Vocal — Soloists (SATB), Chorus (SATB)
Orchestra — 2 Oboes, Oboe d'amore, Trumpet, Viola da Gamba, Strings, BC
External Links Wikipedia article
Bach-Cantatas.com


Misc. Comments

For the Second Sunday after Trinity

Commentary on the movements

Prima parte:

  1. Chorus: Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes. A bipartite opening chorus, with a magnificent crescendo-like B section.
  2. Recitativo (Tenor): So läßt sich Gott nicht unbezueget! Recitative with string accompaniment. a minor-e minor
  3. Aria (Soprano): Hört, ihr Völker, Gottes Stimme. One of the longest movements in this cantata. Instead of Bach's typical melodic length in cantata, he here limits himself to a simple motive.
  4. Recitativo (Bass): Wer aber hört. Secco recitative.
  5. Aria (Bass): Fahr hin, abgöttische Zunft! As compared to the ascetic violin solo of the first aria, the red-blooded trumpets-and-oboes ensemble of this aria is a much richer sound, enhanced by the bass voice. Long melismas abound.
  6. Recitativo (Alto): Du hast uns, Herr, von allen Straßen. Secco recitative.
  7. Choral: Es woll uns Gott genädig sein. A choral setting with ornamentation from the instruments.

Seconda parte:

  1. Sinfonia. An exotic-sounding movement, with oboe d'amore, viola da gamba, and continuo. The slow-fast movement of the sinfonia is reminiscent of a french overture.
  2. Recitativo (Bass): Gott segne noch die treue Schar. Recitative with string acompaniment.
  3. Aria (Tenor): Hasse nur, hasse mich recht. A continuo aria with ostinato bass.
  4. Recitativo (Alto): Ich fühle schon im Geist. Secco recitative.
  5. Aria (Alto): Liebt, ihr Christen, in der Tat! "A special gem of this cantata."1 The obbligato instruments are those used in the sinfonia.
  6. Recitativo (Tenor): So soll die Christenheit. Secco recitative.
  7. Choral: Es danke, Gott, und lobe dich. A plain choral setting.

Print Sources Consulted

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