Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort, BWV 126 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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Aria: Sende deine Macht von oben (No.2)

For Trumpet and Organ (Rondeau)

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Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort (No.1)

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Aria: Sende deine Macht von oben (No.2)

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General Information

Work Title Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort
Alternative. Title Uphold us, Lord, by Your Word
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 126
Key A minor
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 6 movements
  1. [Chorale]: Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort (A minor)
  2. Aria (Tenor): Sende deine Macht von oben (E minor)
  3. Recitativo (Alto, Tenor): Der Menschen Gunst and Macht wird wenig nützen (A minor-E minor)
  4. Aria (Bass): Stürze zu Boden schwülstige Stolze (C major)
  5. Recitativo (Tenor): So wird dein Wort und Wahrheit offenbar (A minor-D minor)
  6. Choral: Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich (A minor)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1725
First Performance. 1725-02-04 in Leipzig
First Publication. 1878 (BGA)
Librettist Martin Luther, Justus Jonas, Johann Walter
Language German
Dedication Sexagesima Sunday
Average DurationAvg. Duration 22 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Vocal: alto, tenor, bass; mixed chorus (SATB)
Orchestra: 2 oboes, trumpet, strings, continuo
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Commentary on the movements

  1. [Chorale]: Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort. The unusual minor key for a trumpet only heightens the effect of its concertante figuration. The soprano sings the chorale tune above an especially beautiful polyphonic texture in the lower voices.
  2. Aria (Tenor): Sende deine Macht von oben. 2 obbligato oboes accompany the tenor in this aria, which "has the character of an insistent prayer"1. The highly expressive vocal and instrumental lines highlight the pleading text.
  3. Recitativo (Alto, Tenor): Der Menschen Gunst and Macht wird wenig nützen. Secco recitative alternating with the chorale in duet.
  4. Aria (Bass): Stürze zu Boden schwülstige Stolze. A da capo aria "of genuinely baroque dramatic force"1 which is both striking and interesting. The fast descending scale lines in the continuo, long melismatic passages and energetic 3/8 meter manifest the text ("Cast to the ground bombastic pride!"), in addition to the fact that this is the only major key movement in the entire cantata, the longest movement, and that with the most virtuosic part. Also notable is the extraordinarily wide-ranged (E-f') vocal part.
  5. Recitativo (Tenor): So wird dein Wort und Wahrheit offenbar. Secco recitative.
  6. Choral: Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich. A plain chorale setting.

Print Sources Consulted

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.


Cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach