BWV 137.5

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Original source: Cantata, Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren, BWV 137 (bach–digital page)
Chorale Text: Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren, by Joachim Neander (1680)
Tune: Hast du denn, Jesu, dein Angesicht gänzlich verborgen, Stralsund 1665 (Zahn 1912a)
First Performance: 19 August 1725, 12th Sunday after Trinity
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): Dietel 77
Other Harmonizations: BWVs 57.8, 120a.8* (see note below)

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

Original manuscripts
Score: No autograph survives; 1) D–B Mus. ms. Bach P 1040 (1755 copy by C.F. Penzel), 2) D–B Bach P 1142 (c.1755 copy by C.F. Barth)
Parts: D–LEb Thomana 137


The chorale that ends the wedding cantata Herr Gott, Beherrscher aller Dinge (120a.8) from around 1729 is a slightly altered version of this setting. Apart from the change of key (the later version being scored a step higher in D major) and the elimination of the obbligato trumpets and timpani, the SATB part–writing of the two settings is identical.

bach– by Luke Dahn. Copyright 2019.