Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben?, BWV 8 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 1 (pp.211-42)
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Work Title Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben?
Alternative Title Beloved God, when will I die?
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue Number BWV 8 ; BC A137
Key E major (1st version)
D major (2nd version)
Movements/Sections 6 sections
  1. Chorus: Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben? (E major)
  2. Aria: Was willst du dich, mein Geist, entsetzen (C minor)
  3. Recitative: Zwar fühlt mein schwaches Herz (E major)
  4. Aria: Doch weichet, ihr tollen, vergeblichen Sorgen! (A major)
  5. Recitative: Behalte nur, o Welt, das Meine! (E major)
  6. Chorale: Herrscher über Tod und Leben (E major)
Year/Date of Composition 1724
First Performance 1724-9-24 in Leipzig (1st version)
First Publication 1851 (BGA)
Librettist Caspar Neumann (1648–1714), chorales
Language German
Average Duration 18 minutes
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Soloists: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass; Chorus (SATB)
Orchestra: transverse flute, 2 oboes d’amore, strings, continuo (including horn in 1st movement)
External Links Wikipedia article
Bach-Cantatas.com
Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben? - scores at Sheet Music Plus


Misc. Comments

Cantata for the 16th Sunday after Trinity

Commentary on the movements

  1. Chorus: "Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben?" – a gapped chorale setting of the tune. The alto, tenor, and bass voices sing free counterpoint, while the sopranos sing the chorale unadorned in long notes.
  2. Aria: "Was willst du dich, mein Geist, entsetzen" ("Why should you recoil, my spirit") — for tenor, oboe d'amore and continuo.
  3. Recitative: "Zwar fühlt mein schwaches Herz" ("Indeed, my weak heart feels") – for alto, strings and continuo.
  4. Aria: "Doch weichet, ihr tollen, vergeblichen Sorgen!" ("But hence, you foolish, useless worries!") – for bass, flute, strings and continuo.
  5. Recitative: "Behalte nur, o Welt, das Meine!" ("Keep then, o world, my possessions!") – for soprano and continuo.
  6. Chorale: "Herrscher über Tod und Leben" ("Sovereign over death and life") – the last verse of the chorale, sung and played by the whole ensemble.

Print Sources Consulted

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