Preise, Jerusalem, den Herren, BWV 119 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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Aria: 'Die Obrigkeit ist Gottes Gabe' (No.5)

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Publisher. Info. Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 24
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Arrangements and Transcriptions

Ouverture: 'Preise, Jerusalem, den Herrn' (No.1)

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Aria: 'Wohl dir, du Volk der Linden' (No.3)

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Aria: 'Die Obrigkeit ist Gottes Gabe' (No.5)

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General Information

Work Title Preise, Jerusalem, den Herren
Alternative. Title Praise the Lord, Jerusalem
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 119 ; BC B 3
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IJB 475
Key C major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 9 movements:
  1. Ouverture: Preise, Jerusalem, den Herrn (C major)
  2. Recitativo (tenor): Gesegnet Land! glückselge Stadt! (G major)
  3. Aria (tenor): Wohl dir, du Volk der Linden (G major)
  4. Recitativo (bass): So herrlich stehst du, liebe Stadt! (C major)
  5. Aria (alto): Die Obrigkeit ist Gottes Gabe (G minor)
  6. Recitativo (soprano): Nun! wir erkennen es und bringen dir (F major-C major)
  7. Chorus: Der Herr hat Guts an uns getan (C major)
  8. Recitativo (alto): Zuletzt! Da du uns, Herr zu deinem Volk gesetzt (F major-E minor)
  9. Chorale: Hilf deinem Volk, Herr Jesu Christ (C major)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1723 in Leipzig
First Performance. 1723-08-30 in Leipzig
First Publication. 1876 (BGA)
Librettist see below
Psalm CXLVII: 12-14 (No.1)
Anonymous (Nos.2-8)
Martin Luther (1483-1546) (No.9)
Language German
Dedication Council Election
Average DurationAvg. Duration 27 mInutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Voices: soprano, alto, tenor, bass; mixed chorus (SATB)
Orchestra: 2 recorders, 3 oboes (2nd and 3rd also oboe da caccia), 4 trumpets, timpani, strings, continuo
Primary Sources Bach Digital (source list)
External Links Wikipedia article
Bach-Cantatas.com

Misc. Comments

For the 1723 Council Election.

Commentary on the movements

  1. [Ouverture]: Preise, Jerusalem, den Herrn. A splendid French Overture with an orchestration larger than almost any in Bach's output.
    The Chorus here only participates in the fast section, not fugal as normal; the soprano parts in particular lie unusually high.
  2. Recitativo (Tenor): Gesegnet Land! glückselge Stadt! Secco recitative.
  3. Aria (Tenor): Wohl dir, du Volk der Linden. 2 Oboes da caccia give this aria a particular flavor combined with the tenor soloist, "a mild, even warm sound,
    which is enhanced still more by the song-like, approachable melody"1.
  4. Recitativo (Bass): So herrlich stehst du, liebe Stadt! The full instrumental ensemble (minus one oboe) comes back for this recitative.
  5. Aria (Alto): Die Obrigkeit ist Gottes Gabe. The only minor-key movement in the cantata.
    The question of the meaning of the march-like "mocking" recorder repeated notes hangs in the air, but it seems unlikely that Bach could have conceived such political thinking1.
  6. Recitativo (Soprano): Nun! wir erkennen es und bringen dir. Secco recitative.
  7. [Chorus]: Der Herr hat Guts an uns getan. A da capo chorus for the whole instrumental ensemble again.
  8. Recitativo (Alto):Zuletzt! Da du uns, Herr, zu deinem Volk gesetzt. Secco recitative.
  9. Choral: Hilf deinem Volk, Herr Jesu Christ. A plain chorale setting.

Print Sources Consulted

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.


Cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach