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

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

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Work Title Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland [II]
Alternative. Title Now come, Saviour of the Gentiles
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 62 ; BC A2
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 in Leipzig
First Performance. 1724-12-03 in Leipzig
First Publication. 1868 (BGA)
Librettist see below
Martin Luther (1483-1546) (Nos.1, 6)
Anonymous (Nos.2-5)
Language German
Dedication 1st Sunday in Advent
Average DurationAvg. Duration 22 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Voices: soprano, alto, tenor, bass; mixed chorus (SATB)
Orchestra: 2 oboes, [horn], strings, continuo (organ)
Mss Sources Bach Digital (source list)
External Links Wikipedia article
Bach-Cantatas.com

Misc. Comments

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. In the score, no accompaniment except bc, but accompanied by strings at octave in original parts.
  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