BWV 158.4

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Original source: Cantata, Der Friede sei mit dir, BWV 158 (bach–digital page)
Chorale Text: Christ lag in Todesbanden (verse 5), by Martin Luther (1524)
Tune: Christ lag in Todesbanden, by Martin Luther (1524), based on sequence Victimae Paschali laudes (Zahn 7012a)
First Performance: 1724–1735?, Feast of the Purification of Mary
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): Dietel 24
Other Harmonizations: BWVs 4.8, 277, 278, 279* (see note below)

Comparative score: Five settings of Christ lag in Todesbanden aligned and placed in the same key (PDF)

Instrumentation: Colla parte — N/A (no parts survive)

Original manuscripts
Score: no autograph survives; D–B Mus. ms. Bach P 1047 (1770 copy of movements 1–3 only, by C.F. Penzel)
Parts: no autograph survives; D–B Bach St 634 (copy from 1755–1770 by Penzel; not viewable)
(Provenance details at www.bach–


BWV 279 is a slight variant of this setting.

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