Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele, BWV 69 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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Aria: 'Meine Seele, Auf! erzähle' (No.3)

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Arrangements and Transcriptions

Chorus: 'Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele' (No.1)

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Aria: 'Meine Seele, Auf! erzähle' (No.3)

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Aria: 'Mein Erlöser und Erhalter' (No.5)

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General Information

Work Title Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele [I]
Alternative. Title Praise the Lord, O my soul
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 69 ; BC B 10
Key D major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 6 movements:
  1. Chorus: Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele (D major)
  2. Recitativo (soprano): Wie groß ist Gottes Güte doch! (B minor-G major)
  3. Aria (tenor): Meine Seele, Auf! erzähle (G major)
  4. Recitativo (alto): Der herr had große Ding an uns getan (E minor-F minor)
  5. Aria (bass): Mein Erlöser und Erhalter (B minor)
  6. Chorale: Es danke, Gott, und lobe dich (B minor-D major)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1742-48 in Leipzig
First Performance. 1748-08-26 in Leipzig
First Publication. 1868 (BGA)
Librettist see below
Psalm CIII (No.1)
Anonymous (Nos.2-5)
Martin Luther (1483-1546) (No.6)
Language German
Dedication For the 1748 Council Election Inauguration
Average DurationAvg. Duration 27 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Voices: soprano, alto, tenor, bass; mixed chorus (SATB)
Orchestra: 3 oboes, oboe d'amore, bassoon
3 trumpets, timpani, strings, continuo
Related Works Based on Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele, BWV 69a
Primary Sources Bach Digital (source list)
External Links Wikipedia article
Bach-Cantatas.com

Misc. Comments

For the 1748 Council Election.

Commentary on the movements

Titles in parentheses are for BWV 69a

  1. Chorus: Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele. Calling for an instrumentation comparable to that of the Christmas Oratorio, this movement fully utilises that exceptional orchestrational potential.
    The centerpiece of the movement is the double fugue on the same lyrics.
  2. Recitativo (Soprano): Wie groß ist Gottes Güte doch! (=Ach, daß ich tausend Zungen hätte!) Secco recitative.
  3. Aria (Tenor): Meine Seele, Auf! erzähle. The movement flows in 9/8, using the pastoral sounds of oboe da caccia and recorder to great advantage.
  4. Recitativo (Alto): Der herr had große Ding an uns getan (=Gedenk ich nur zurück). Secco recitative.
  5. Aria (Bass): Mein Erlöser und Erhalter. A "powerfully and energetically rythmical" aria for Bass and oboe d'amore obbligato1.
  6. Chorale: Es danke, Gott, und lobe dich (=Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, darbei will ich verbleiben). A plain chorale setting.

Version History

  1. August 15, 1723 (12th Sunday after Trinity): Sacred cantata BWV 69a.
  2. August 26, 1748 (Council Elections): Current version. Changes include the text (mainly recitatival changes), and a new chorale at the end.

Print Sources Consulted

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