Was frag ich nach der Welt, BWV 94 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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Chorus: Was frag ich nach der Welt (No.1)

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Publisher. Info. Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 22
Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1875. Plate B.W. XXII.
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Arranger Bernhard Todt (1822–1907) [?]
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Chorus: Was frag ich nach der Welt (No.1)

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General Information

Work Title Was frag ich nach der Welt
Alternative. Title What need I of this world
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 94
Key D major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 8 movements
  1. Chorus: Was frag ich nach der Welt (D major)
  2. Aria (Bass): Die Welt ist wie ein Rauch und Schatten (B minor)
  3. Chorale e recitativo (Tenor): Die Welt sucht Ehr und Ruhm (G major)
  4. Aria (Alto): Betörte Welt, betörte Welt! (E minor)
  5. Chorale e recitativo (Bass): Die Welt bekümmert sich (D major)
  6. Aria (Tenor): Die Welt kann ihre Lust und Freud (A major)
  7. Aria (Soprano): Es halt es mit der blinden Welt (F minor)
  8. Choral: Was frag ich nach der Welt! (D major)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1724
First Performance. 1724-08-06 in Leipzig
Librettist Anonymous, after Balthasar Kindermann (1636-1706)
Language German
Average DurationAvg. Duration 23 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Vocal: soprano, alto, tenor, bass, mixed chorus (SATB)
Orchestra: flute, 2 oboes, strings, continuo
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Misc. Comments

For the 9th Sunday after Trinity

Commentary on the movements

  1. Chorus: Was frag ich nach der Welt. The virtuoso flute figuration takes over the texture immediately; this could almost be Bach's only flute concerto movement. This is a lively, active movement, full of running semiquavers and triplets.
  2. Aria (Bass): Die Welt ist wie ein Rauch und Schatten. A continuo aria, with lines that come to the fore and recede, to match the text.
  3. Chorale e recitativo (Tenor): Die Welt sucht Ehr und Ruhm. The tenor sings the chorale, and then lapses into recitative.
  4. Aria (Alto): Betörte Welt, betörte Welt! Obbligato flute again comes to the fore, displaying "a remarkable bitter beauty."1
  5. Chorale e recitativo (Bass): Die Welt bekümmert sich. Secco recitative.
  6. Aria (Tenor): Die Welt kann ihre Lust und Freud. A very "string-y" aria , beautiful and relaxed in 12/8.
  7. Aria (Soprano): Es halt es mit der blinden Welt. A bourrée1 with obbligato oboe d'amore.
  8. Choral: Was frag ich nach der Welt! A plain chorale setting.

Print Sources Consulted

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