BWV 18.5

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Original source: Cantata, Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt, BWV 18 (bach–digital pages: Early version, Leipzig version)
Chorale Text: Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt (verse 8), by Lazarus Spengler (1524)
Tune: Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, Wittenberg 1529, based on secular Was wölln wir aber heben an (1525) (Zahn 7549)
First Performance: 19 February 1713? (or 1714 or 1715), Sexagesima
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): Riemenschneider 100=126 (R126 up a M2); Breitkopf 100=126 (B126 up a M2); Birnstiel 104=130; AmB 46II p.80 & p.111 (both up a M2); Fasch p.108 (same key); Penzel 152 (up a M2)
Other Harmonizations: None

Instrumentation: Colla parteS: viola 1 & 2, flute 1 & 2. A: viola 3. T: viola 4. B: bassoon, continuo.

Original manuscripts
Score: None available
Parts: D–B Mus. ms. Bach St. 34


This early Weimar cantata was later rescored in Leipzig and shifted to the key of A minor. This likely accounts for the duplicate appearances of this setting in early chorale collections.

bach– by Luke Dahn. Copyright 2019.