Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!, BWV 70 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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BWV0070.pdf
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Wilhelm Rust (1822–1892)
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Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 16
Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1868. Plate B.W. XVI.

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Bernhard Todt (1822–1907), piano reduction (?)

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

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Work Title Wachet, betet, seid bereit allezeit!
Alternative Title Watch! pray! pray! watch!
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue Number BWV 70
Key C major
Movements/Sections 11 movements in 2 parts
Pars prima
1. Coro: Wachet! betet! betet! wachet! (C major)
2. Recitativo (Bass): Erschrecket, ihr verstockten Sünder! (F major-A minor)
3. Aria (Alto): Wenn kömmt der Tag, an dem wir ziehen (A minor)
4. Recitativo (Tenor): Auch bei dem himmlischen Verlangen (D minor-B minor)
5. Aria (Soprano): Laßt der Spötter Zungen schmähen (E minor)
6. Recitativo (Tenor): Jedoch bei dem unartigen Geschlechte (D major-G major)
7. Choral: Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele (G major)
Pars seconda
8. Aria (Tenor): Hebt euer Haupt empor (G major)
9. Recitativo (Bass): Ach, soll nicht dieser große Tag (E minor-C major)
10. Aria (Bass): Seligster Erquickungstag (C major)
11. Choral: Nicht nach Welt, nach Himmel nicht (C major)
Year/Date of Composition 1723
First Performance 1723-11-21 in Leipzig
First Publication 1868 (BGA)
Librettist Salomo Franck (Nos.1, 3, 5, 8, 10) ; Christoph Demantius (No.7)
Christian Keymann (No.11) ; Anonymous (Nos.2, 4, 6, 9)
Language German
Average Duration 26 minutes
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Vocal — Soloists (SATB), Chorus (SATB)
Orchestra — Oboe, Trumpet, Strings, BC
External Links Wikipedia article
Bach-Cantatas.com


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Commentary on the movements

Prima Pars:

  1. Coro: Wachet! betet! betet! wachet! The solo trumpet here takes a leading part, either doubling, or as a soloist. The joyful character of this movement is expressed through the repetition of both notes and words.
  2. Recitativo (Bass): Erschrecket, ihr verstockten Sünder! A recitative with the accompaniment of the entire orchestra.
  3. Aria (Alto): Wenn kömmt der Tag, an dem wir ziehen. A continuo aria; in 1723, the organ played this part, but in 1731, only the cello.
  4. Recitativo (Tenor): Auch bei dem himmlischen Verlangen. Secco recitative.
  5. Aria (Soprano): Laßt der Spötter Zungen schmähen. Terraced dynamics are created orchestrationally here, an unusual and notable effect in Bach. The first violin here has an unusually virtuosic part.
  6. Recitativo (Tenor): Jedoch bei dem unaritgen Geschlechte. Secco recitative.
  7. Choral: Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele. A plain chorale setting.

Seconda Pars:

  1. Aria (Tenor): Hebt euer Haupt empor. The strings now separate out again. Imitation is thin on the ground here, but the harmony is always full instead.
  2. Recitativo (Bass): Ach, soll nicht dieser große Tag. A recitative again with trumpet and strings.
  3. Aria (Bass): Seligster Erquickungstag. The entire corpus of instruments is here required again. However, the aria starts in a wonderfully serene fashion with continuo only. Then, the middle section, brings down the entire orchestra upon us.
  4. Choral: Nicht nach Welt, nach Himmel nicht. A plain chorale setting.

Print Sources Consulted

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