Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen?, BWV 81 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 20.1
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PMLP149583-Bach - Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen, BWV 81 (Flute 1).pdf
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Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, n.d.(ca.1900).

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Bernhard Todt (1822–1907)

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Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, n.d.(ca.1890)

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General Information

Work Title Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen?
Alternative Title Jesus sleeps; what hope have I?
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue Number BWV 81
Key E minor
Movements/Sections 7 movements
  1. Aria (Alto): Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen? (E minor)
  2. Recitativo (Tenor): Herr! warum trittest du so ferne? (A minor-G major)
  3. Aria (Tenor): Die schäumenden Wellen von Belials Bächen (G major)
  4. Arioso (Bass): Ihr Kleingläubigen, warum seid ihr so furchtsam? (B minor)
  5. Aria (Bass): Schweig, aufgetürmtes Meer! (E minor)
  6. Recitativo (Alto): Wohl mir, mein Jesus spricht ein Wort (G major-B minor)
  7. Chorale: Unter deinen Schirmen (E minor)
Year/Date of Composition 1724
First Performance 1724-01-30 in Leipzig
Librettist Anonymous
Language German
Average Duration 19 minutes
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Vocal — Soloists (ATB), Chorus (SATB)
Orchestra — 2 Recorders, 2 Oboes d'amore, Strings, BC
External Links Wikipedia article
Bach-Cantatas.com


Misc. Comments

For the 4th Sunday after Epiphany.

Commentary on the movements

  1. Aria (Alto): Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen? A slow, expressive movement with a pastoral feel due to the recorders and low-lying ranges of voice and strings.
  2. Recitativo (Tenor): Herr! warum trittest du so ferne? Secco recitative.
  3. Aria (Tenor): Die schäumenden Wellen von Belials Bächen. A virtuosic first violin part leads the way in this speedy and dance-like movement.
  4. Arioso (Bass): Ihr Kleingläubigen, warum seid ihr so furchtsam? Practically a two-part invention for bass and continuo.
  5. Aria (Bass): Schweig, aufgetürmtes Meer! Also fast, but the two oboes d'amore offer a relief.
  6. Recitativo (Alto): Wohl mir, mein Jesus spricht ein Wort. Secco recitative.
  7. Chorale: Unter deinen Schirmen. A plain chorale setting.

Print Sources Consulted

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