BWV 301

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Original source: Chorale, Du, o schönes Weltgebäude, BWV 301
Chorale Text: Du, o schönes Weltgebäude*, by Johann Franck (1653)
Tune: Du geballtes Weltgebäude, by Johann Crüger (1649) (Zahn 6773)
First Performance: Unknown*
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): Riemenschneider 134; Breitkopf 137; Birnstiel 141; AmB 46II p.124; Penzel 164
Other Harmonizations: BWV 56.5


This chorale survives without text. The text that appears here is the one provided by editors of the Bach Gesellschaft Ausgabe (BGA).

Speculation regarding liturgical occasion: This setting may have come from one of two Picander–Jahrgang cantatas, the first of which is preferred by Häfner as "highly probable": 1) Picander 40 (Ich klopf an deine Gnadentür) for Pentecost 3 using the 8th verse of the text included above, or 2) Picander 59 (Schließet euch, ihr müden Augen) for Trinity +16 using the 6th verse. (See NBA III/2.2 KB, p.217.)

View a complete listing of speculations regarding the liturgical occasions of individual BWV 253–438 chorales.

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