BWV 8.6

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Original source: Cantata, Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben?, BWV 8 (bach–digital page)
Chorale Text: Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben (verse 5), by Caspar Neumann (1690)
Tune: Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben, by Daniel Vetter (before 1695) (Zahn 6634)
First Performance: 24 September 1724, 16th Sunday after Trinity
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): Riemenschneider 43; Breitkopf 43; Birnstiel 47; Dietel 88=148* (D148 down a half step); AmB 46II p.169; Levy–Mendelssohn 38; Fasch p.62
Other Harmonizations: None

Instrumentation: Colla parteS: violin 1, transverse flute (8va), oboe d’amore 1, horn. A: violin 2, oboe d’amore 2. T: viola. B: continuo.

Original manuscripts
Score: None available
Parts: D–LEb Thomana 8 (Version 2, from 1746/1747)


This setting appears twice in the Dietel collection, once in the key of E major (as Chorale No.88) which corresponds to the chorale as it appears in Cantata No.8, and once a step lower in the key of E–flat major (as Chorale No.148).

bach– by Luke Dahn. Copyright 2019.