BWV 41.6

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Original source: Cantata, Jesu, nun sei gepreiset, BWV 41 (bach–digital page)
Chorale Text: Jesu, nun sei gepreiset (verse 3), by Johannes Herman (1593)
Tune: Jesu, nun sei gepreiset, Wittenberg 1591 (Zahn 8477a)
First Performance: 1 January 1725, New Year’s Day
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): Riemenschneider 11; Breitkopf 11; Birnstiel 11; Dietel 131; AmB 46II p.121; Levy–Mendelssohn 12; Fasch p.60
Other Harmonizations: BWVs 171.6* (see note below), 190.7, 362

Comparative score: Four settings of Jesu, nun sei gepreiset placed in the same key (PDF)

Instrumentation: Colla parteS: violin 1, oboe 1. A: violin 2, oboe 2. T: viola, (oboe 3, diverges from tenor when range extends too low). B: organ, continuo. Instrumental texture — 3 trumpets.

Original manuscripts
Score: D–B Mus. ms. Bach P 874
Parts: 1) D–LEb Thomana 41 (original parts), 2) D–B Mus. ms. Bach St 394, Faszikel 1 (additional violin 1, violin 2, basso continuo parts, 1725)


This setting was reused years later for Cantata #171. The closing chorale for BWV 171 is identical, but in D major.

bach– by Luke Dahn. Copyright 2018.