Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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Aria: Öffne dich, mein ganzes Herze (No.5)

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Coro: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (No.1)

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Aria: Komm, Jesu, komm zu deiner Kirche (No.3)

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Aria: Öffne dich, mein ganzes Herze (No.5)

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General Information

Work Title Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland [I]
Alternative. Title Now come, Saviour of the Gentiles
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 61 ; BC A1
Key A minor
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 6 movements
  1. Chorale fantasia: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (A minor)
  2. Recitativo (tenor): Der Heiland ist gekommen (C major)
  3. Aria (tenor): Komm, Jesu, komm zu deiner Kirche (C major)
  4. Recitativo (bass): Siehe, ich stehe vor der Tur (E minor-G major)
  5. Aria (soprano): Offne dich, mein ganzes Herze (G major)
  6. Chorale: Amen, Amen, komm du schöne Freudenkrone (G major)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1714 in Weimar
First Performance. 1714-12-02 in Weimar
First Publication. 1868 (BGA)
Librettist see below
Martin Luther (1483-1546) (No.1)
Erdmann Neumeister (1671-1756) (Nos.2-3, 5)
Revelation 3: 20 (No.4)
Philipp Nicolai (1556-1608) (No.6)
Language German
Average DurationAvg. Duration 18 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Voices: soprano, tenor, bass; mixed chorus (SATB)
Orchestra: bassoon, 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. Ouverture: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland. An "ingenious combination of chorale arrangement and French Overture"1.
  2. Recitativo (Tenor): Der Heiland ist gekommen. Secco recitative.
  3. Aria (Tenor): Komm, Jesu, komm zu deiner Kirche. The upper strings (including violas) function as obbligato together; this forms a tight trio texture with the tenor and continuo.
  4. Recitativo (Bass): Siehe, ich stehe vor der Tur. The "true high point of the work"1. The text is illustrated here in brilliant detail.
  5. Aria (Soprano): Offne dich, mein ganzes Herze. A continuo aria with many coloratura leaps and runs.
  6. Chorale: Amen, Amen. A highly ornamented setting.

Print Sources Consulted

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