Wachet, betet, seid bereit allezeit!, BWV 70a (Bach, Johann Sebastian)




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Copyist Johann Andreas Kuhnau (1703–1761), Violins I
Siegfried Wilhelm Dehn (1799-1858), titles
Publisher. Info. Manuscript, n.d.(ca.1716).
Holograph manuscript, 1716
Misc. Notes Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (D-B): Mus. ms. Bach St 95
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General Information

Work Title Wachet, betet, seid bereit allezeit!
Alternative. Title Watch! Pray! Pray! Watch!
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 70a; BC [A 4]
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IJB 675
Key C major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 6 movements:
  1. Chorus: Wachet! betet! betet! wachet! (C major, C, 80 measures) (BWV 70, No.1)
  2. Aria (alto): Wenn kömmt der Tag, an dem wir ziehen, (A minor, 3/4, 92 measures) (BWV 70, No.3)
  3. Aria (soprano): Laßt der Spötter Zungen schmähen (E minor, C, 41 measures) (BWV 70, No.5)
  4. Aria (tenor): Hebt euer Haupt empor (G major, C, 52 measures) (BWV 70, No.8)
  5. Aria (bass): Seligster Erquickungstag (C major, 3/4, 68 measures) (BWV 70, No.10)
  6. Chorale: Nicht nach Welt, nach Himmel nicht (C major, C, 13 measures) (BWV 70, No. 11)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1716 in Weimar
First Performance. 1716-12-06 at the Schloßkapelle "Weg zum Himmelsburg" in Weimar
Librettist see below
Salomo Franck (1659-1725) (Nos.1-5)
Christian Keymann (1607-1662) (No.6)
Language German
Dedication 2nd Sunday in Advent
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Voices: soprano, alto, tenor, bass; mixed chorus (SATB)
Orchestra: oboe, bassoon, trumpet, cello obligato (No. 2), strings, continuo.
Related Works Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!, BWV 70 (Expanded Version)
Primary Sources Bach Digital (source list)
External Links Wikipedia article (BWV 70)

Misc. Comments

Cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach