O Jesu Christ, mein's Lebens Licht, BWV 118 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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General Information

Work Title O Jesu Christ, mein's Lebens Licht
Alternative. Title O Jesus Christ, light of my life
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 118 ; BC B23
Key B-flat major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1736-37 (Version 1)
1746-47 (Version 2)
First Performance. 1736-37 in Leipzig
Librettist Martin Behm (1557-1622)
Language German
Average DurationAvg. Duration 7-8 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation 2 versions
  • Version 1
Vocal: soprano, alto, tenor, bass; mixed chorus (SATB)
Orchestra: 2 litui [horn (B)], cornetto, 3 trombones, continuo (organ)
  • Version 2
Vocal: soprano, alto, tenor, bass; mixed chorus (SATB)
Orchestra: 2 oboes (ad lib.), taille [oboe da caccia] (ad lib.), bassoon (ad lib.),
2 litui [horn (B)], 2 violins, viola, continuo (organ)
Primary Sources Bach Digital (source list)
External Links Wikipedia article
Bach-Cantatas.com

Misc. Comments

  • For the question, if BWV 118 is a Cantata or a Motet, see Aryeh Oron's commentary at Bach-cantatas.org
  • Dürr1 argues for the "motet" side.

Print Sources Consulted

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