BWV 59.3

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Original source: Cantata, Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten, BWV 59 (bach–digital page)
Chorale Text: Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott (verse 1), by Martin Luther (1524), after the antiphon Veni sancte spiritus
Tune: Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott, Erfurt 1524 (Zahn 7445a)
First Performance: 16 May 1723, Whit Sunday
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): Dietel 110
Other Harmonizations: BWVs 175.7* (see note below), 226.2

Instrumentation: Colla parteS: X. A: violin 1. T: (violin 2). B: (violin 3). Obbligato — violin 2 & 3 alternate between colla parte and obbligato.

Original manuscripts
Score: D–B Mus. ms. Bach P 162
Parts: D–B Mus. ms. Bach St 102


This setting was reused two years later for Cantata #175. The closing chorale for BWV 175 is nearly identical, but obbligato strings in BWV 59 being taken up an octave and given to flutes in BWV 175.

bach– by Luke Dahn. Copyright 2018.