Ich bin ein guter Hirt, BWV 85 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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Choral: Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt (No.3)

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Editor Wilhelm Rust (1822–1892)
Publisher. Info. Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 20.1
Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1872. Plate B.W. XX (1).
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Editor Reinmar Emans
Publisher. Info. Neue Bach-Ausgabe, Serie I. Kantaten
Band 11.1. Kantaten zu den Sonntagen Quasimodogeniti und Misericordias Domini (pp.157-178)
Kassel: Bärenreiter Verlag, 1988. Plate BA 5071.
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Choral: Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt (No.3)

For Trumpet and Organ (Rondeau)

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Aria: Seht, was die Liebe tut (No.5)

For Tenor, Violin or Viola and Keyboard (Mandyczewski)

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Arranger Eusebius Mandyczewski (1857–1929)
Publisher. Info. Ausgewählte Arien: Für Tenor mit obligaten Instrumenten und Klavier oder Orgel : Auf Grund der Ausgabe der Bachgesellschaft : Erstes Heft
Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, n.d. (ca. 1909). Plate N.B.x.1.
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General Information

Work Title Ich bin ein guter Hirt
Alternative. Title I am a good Shepherd
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 85 ; BC A66
Key C minor
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 6 movements
  1. Aria (Bass): Ich bin ein guter Hirt (C minor)
  2. Aria (Alto): Jesus ist ein guter Hirt (G minor)
  3. Choral (Soprano): Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt (B major)
  4. Recitativo (Tenor): Wenn die Mietlinge schlafen (E major-A major)
  5. Aria (Tenor): Seht, was die Liebe tut (E major)
  6. Chorale: Ist Gott mein Schutz und treuer Hirt (C minor)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1725
First Performance. 1725-04-15 in Leipzig
Librettist see below
John 10: 11 (No.1)
Anonymous (Nos.2, 4-5)
Cornelius Becker (1561-1604) (No.3)
Ernst Christoph Homburg (1605-1681) (No.6)
Language German
Dedication 2nd Sunday after Easter (Misericordias Domini)
Average DurationAvg. Duration 20 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Vocal: soprano, alto, tenor, bass; mixed chorus (SATB)
Orchestra: 2 oboes, violoncello piccolo, 2 violins, viola, continuo (organ)
Mss Sources Bach Digital (source list)
External Links Wikipedia article
Bach-Cantatas.com

Misc. Comments

Commentary on the movements

  1. [Solo (Bass):] Ich bin ein guter Hirt. A motivically oriented aria characterized by the descending semiquavers in the upper parts.
  2. Aria (Alto): Jesus ist ein guter Hirt. One of the rare arias in Bach for Violoncello Piccolo, Bach here uses the unusual instrument to good effect, keeping the player very busy.
  3. Choral (Soprano): Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt. The melody is Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr.
  4. Recitativo (Tenor): Wenn die Mietlinge schlafen. Recitative with string accompaniment.
  5. Aria (Tenor): Seht, was die Liebe tut. The sweet parallels of the obbligato oboes and the rocking 9/8 time give this movement a warm, pastoral feel.
  6. Choral: Ist Gott mein Schutz und treuer Hirt. A plain chorale setting to the tune of Ist Gott mein Schild und Helfersmann.

Print Sources Consulted

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