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Original source: Cantata, Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen, BWV 43 (bach–digital page)
Chorale Text: Du Lebensfürst, Herr Jesu Christ (verses 1 & 13), by Johann Rist (1641)
Tune: Ermuntre dich, mein schwacher Geist, by Johann Schop (1641) (Zahn 5741)
First Performance: 30 May 1726, Ascension
Appearance in Early Collections (Key):
Other Harmonizations: BWVs 11.6, 248.12
Instrumentation: Colla parte — S: violin 1, oboe 1 & 2, trumpet 1 & 2. A: violin 2, trumpet 3. T: viola. B: continuo.
Score: D–B Mus. ms. Bach P 44, Faszikel 6
Parts: D–B Mus. ms. Bach St 36
This setting is identical to the hymn’s appearance in the 1682 Neu Leipziger Gesangbuch (p.70), though transposed from F to G. The NLGB was an important and widely used hymnal of Bach’s day and is noteworthy for its inclusion of notated music in addition to the hymn texts. (Most hymnals of the time included only texts.)
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