Sehet, welch eine Liebe, BWV 64 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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Wilhelm Rust (1822–1892)
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Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 16
Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1868. Plate B.W. XVI.


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Bernhard Todt (1822–1907) [?]

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Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, n.d.(ca.1890)


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General Information

Work Title Sehet, welch eine Liebe
Alternative Title See what Love
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue Number BWV 64
Key E minor
Movements/Sections 8 movements
  1. Chorus: Sehet, welch eine Liebe (E minor)
  2. Choral: Das gat er alles uns getan (G major)
  3. Recitativo (Alto): Geh, Welt! (C major-D major)
  4. Choral: Was frag ich nach der Welt (D major)
  5. Aria (Soprano): Was die Welt (B minor)
  6. Recitativo (Bass): Der Himmel bleibet mir gewiß (G major)
  7. Aria (Alto): Von der Welt verlang ich nichts (G major)
  8. Choral: Gute Nacht, o Wesen (E minor)
Year/Date of Composition 1723
First Performance 1723-12-27 in Leipzig
First Publication 1868 (BGA)
Librettist Anonymous
Language German
Average Duration 25 minutes
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Vocal — Soloists (SAB), Chorus (SATB)
Orchestra — Cornett, 3 Trombones, Strings, BC
External Links Wikipedia article

Misc. Comments

For the 3rd Day of Christmas.

Commentary on the movements

  1. A motet-style movement rare for Bach's cantatas. This, combined with the colla parte instrumentation lend the movement a "severe, archaic character"1.
  2. A plain chorale setting.
  3. Secco recitative.
  4. A plain chorale setting.
  5. Full of vigorous figuration, a "fun" aria.
  6. Secco recitative.
  7. Alto and oboe d'amore, in the same register, lend this a slower dance feel.
  8. A plain chorale setting.

Print Sources Consulted

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