BWV 43.11

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Original source: Cantata, Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen, BWV 43 (bach–digital page)
Chorale Text: Du Lebensfürst, Herr Jesu Christ (verses 1 & 13), by Johann Rist (1641)
Tune: Ermuntre dich, mein schwacher Geist, by Johann Schop (1641) (Zahn 5741)
First Performance: 30 May 1726, Ascension
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): Riemenschneider 102; Breitkopf 102; Dietel 107; Fasch p.129
Other Harmonizations: BWVs 11.6, 248.12

Instrumentation: Colla parteS: violin 1, oboe 1 & 2, trumpet 1 & 2. A: violin 2, trumpet 3. T: viola. B: continuo.

Original manuscripts
Score: D–B Mus. ms. Bach P 44, Faszikel 6
Parts: D–B Mus. ms. Bach St 36


This setting is identical to the hymn’s appearance in the 1682 Neu Leipziger Gesangbuch (p.70), though transposed from F to G. 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.)

bach– by Luke Dahn. Copyright 2018.