BWV 244.25

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Original source: Passion, St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
Chorale Text: Was mein will, das gscheh allzeit (verse 1), by Markgraf Albrecht von Brandenburg (1547)
Tune: Was mein Gott will, das gscheh allzeit, Antwerp 1540, after a secular melody by Claudin de Sermisy (Zahn 7568)
First Performance: 11 April 1727, Good Friday
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): Riemenschneider 115; Breitkopf 115; Birnstiel 119; Fasch p.148
Other Harmonizations: BWVs 65.7, 72.6, 92.9, 103.6, 111.6, 144.6

Comparative score: Seven settings of Was mein Gott will, das gscheh allzeit aligned and placed in the same key (PDF)


On beat 4 of measure 11, the tenor’s G is changed to G# in the Breitkopf and Fasch collections (and presumably the Birnstiel collection to which I have no access), likely to correct the melodic augmented second interval from the previous A#. Autograph score and parts confirm the G–natural, with the awkward interval coloring the word züchtiget ("chastises").

bach– by Luke Dahn. Copyright 2018.