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Original source: Chorale, Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV 288
Chorale Text: Das alte Jahr vergangen ist*, Verses 1–2: Erfurt 1568; Verses 3–6: Johann Steurlein (1588)
Tune: Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, by Johann Steurlein (1588) (Zahn 381c)
First Performance: Unknown
Appearance in Early Collections* (Key):
AmB 46II p.135;
Other Harmonizations: BWV 289
This chorale survives without text. The text that appears here is the one provided by editors of the Bach Gesellschaft Ausgabe (BGA).
This setting also appears on pages 64–65 in Volume II, Part 1 of Johann Kirnberger’s Die Kunst des reinen Satz, published in 1776. This source, labeled "H2" in the NBA III/2.1 and III/2.2 volumes, can be downloaded here.
Speculation regarding liturgical occasion: Since this setting appears in the Dietel Collection, and given the specific association of the "Das alte Jahr vergangen ist" chorale tune, this setting may have originated from a New Year’s Day cantata now lost. –LD
View a complete listing of speculations regarding the liturgical occasions of individual BWV 253–438 chorales.
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