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Original source: Cantata, Wer weiss, wie nahe mir mein Ende?, BWV 27 (bach–digital pages: cantata, chorale)
Chorale Text: Welt, ade! Ich bin dein müde (verse 1), by Johann Georg Albinus (1649)
Tune: Welt, ade! Ich bin dein müde (verse 1), by Johann Georg Albinus (1649) (Zahn 6531)
First Performance: 6 October 1726, 16th Sunday after Trinity
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): Riemenschneider 150; Breitkopf 150; Birnstiel 154
Other Harmonizations: None
Instrumentation: Colla parte — S1: oboe 1 & 2, horn. S2: violin 1. A: violin 2. T: viola. B: continuo.
Score: D–B Mus. ms. Bach P 164
Parts: 1) D–B Mus. ms. Bach St 105, Faszikel 1 (original 1726 parts); 2) D–B Mus. ms. Bach St 105, Faszikel 2 (original 1726 duplicate parts: violin 1 & 2, continuo)
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This setting is identical to the hymn’s appearance in the 1682 Neu Leipziger Gesangbuch (p.947), edited by Gottfried Vopelius. 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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