Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 62 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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Work Title Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
Alternative. Title Now come, Saviour of the Gentiles
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 62
Key B minor
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 6 movements
  1. Chorale: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (B minor)
  2. Aria (Tenor): Bewundert, o Menschen, dies grosse Geheimnis (G major)
  3. Recitativo (Bass): So geht aus Gottes Herrlichkeit und Thron (D major=A major)
  4. Aria (Bass): Streite, siege, starker Held! (D major)
  5. Recitativo (Soprano, Alto): Wir ehren diese Herrlichkeit (A major-B minor)
  6. Choral: Lob sei Gott, dem Vater, ton (B minor)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1724
First Performance. 1724-12-03 in Leipzig
First Publication. 1868 (BGA)
Librettist Anonymous, but based heavily on Martin Luther's hymn of the same name
Language German
Average DurationAvg. Duration 22 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Vocal — Soloists (SATB), Chorus (SATB)
Orchestra — 2 oboes, horn, strings, continuo
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For the 1st Sunday in Advent,

Commentary on the movements

  1. Chorale: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland. "The most splendid movement in the cantata"1. A typical Bach chorale setting from this cycle; the chorale melody is sung plain by the sopranos, while the rest of the voices and instruments play in imitation on a related motive.
  2. Aria (Tenor): Bewundert, o Menschen, dies grosse Geheimnis. Another usage of the choral in this movement, a pure expression of joy.
  3. Recitativo (Bass): So geht aus Gottes Herrlichkeit und Thron. Secco recitative.
  4. Aria (Bass): Streite, siege, starker Held! A very sparse texture of continuo with strings at the octave; note that the common time signature contrasts with the bouncy 3/8 of the first aria.
  5. Recitativo (Soprano, Alto): Wir ehren diese Herrlichkeit. Recitative with string accompaniment.
  6. Choral: Lob sei Gott, dem Vater, ton. A plain chorale setting.

Print Sources Consulted

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