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Bach : Cantata BWV 147

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Johann Sebastian Bach's Cantata BWV 147 is intended for the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

It was composed in Leipzig in 1723.

The first performance was on July 2, 1723, also in Leipzig.

The original instrumentation is : SATB choir and soloists, trumpet, 2 oboes, oboe d'amore, 2 oboes da caccia, bassoon, 2 violins, viola, violone and continuo.

Epistle: Isaah XI : 1-5 (A rod shall come out of Jesse)

Gospel: Luke I : 39-56 (Magnificat)

Words :
  • Salomo Franck (ca 1659-1725) : movements 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9
  • Martin Jahn (ca 1620-ca 1682) : movements 6 and 10
  • Anonymous : movements 2, 4 and 8
Movements :
  1. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben : Chorus in C Major (Choir, trumpet, 2 oboes, bassoon, strings and continuo)
  2. Gebenedeiter Mund! Maria macht ihr Innerstes der Seele : Recitative in F Major and A minor (Tenor, strings and continuo)
  3. Schme dich, o Seele, nicht : Aria in A minor (Alto, oboe d'amore and continuo)
  4. Verstockung kaun Gewaltige verblenden : Recitative in D minor and A minor (Basse and continuo)
  5. Bereite dir, Jesu, noch itzo die Bahn : Aria in D minor (Soprano, solo violin and continuo)
  6. Wohl mir, dass ich Jesum habe : Chorale in G Major (Choir, trumpet, 2 oboes, strings and continuo)
  7. Hilf, Jesu, hilf dass ich auch dich bekenne : Aria in F Major (Tenor, violone and continuo)
  8. Der höchsten Allmacht Wunderhand : Recitative in C Major (Alto, 2 oboes da caccia and continuo)
  9. Ich will von Jesu Wundern singen : Aria in C Major (Basse, trumpet, 2 oboes, strings and continuo)
  10. Jesu bleibet meine Freude : Chorale in G Major (Choir, trumpet, 2 oboes, strings and continuo)

Details about Bach : Cantata BWV 147

Title : Cantata BWV 147
Subtitle : Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben - Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life
Composer : Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750)
Catalog : BWV 147
Style : Baroque
Composed/published : First performed 1723
Original instrumentation : Choir SATB and orchestra

Sources : Johann Sebastian Bach, Cantata BWV 147 : Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben [Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life]

Sheet music associated with Bach : Cantata BWV 147

CatalogueTitleKeyInstrumentation
BWV 147 (10/10) Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, BWV 147   G MajorPiano
BWV 147 (10/10) Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, BWV 147   G MajorViolin and piano
BWV 147 (10/10) Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, BWV 147   G MajorViola and piano
BWV 147 (10/10) Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, BWV 147   G MajorCello and piano
BWV 147 (10/10) Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, BWV 147   G MajorFlute and piano
BWV 147 (10/10) Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, BWV 147   G MajorDescant recorder and piano
BWV 147 (10/10) Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, BWV 147   G MajorOboe and piano
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