BWV 255

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Original source: Chorale, Ach Gott und Herr, wie groß und schwer, BWV 255
Chorale Text: Ach Gott und Herr*, by Martin Rutilius (1604)
Tune: Ach Gott und Herr, Freiberg 1655, after Leipzig 1625 (Zahn 2051)
First Performance: Unknown*
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): Riemenschneider 40; Breitkopf 40; Birnstiel 44; Levy–Mendelssohn 56; Fasch p.109;
Other Harmonizations: BWV 48.3


This chorale survives without text. The text that appears here is the one provided by editors of the Bach Gesellschaft Ausgabe (BGA).

Speculation regarding liturgical occasion: Häfner speculates that this chorale may have come from a lost Picander–Jahrgang cantata entitled Geduld, mein Gott, Geduld written for the 22nd Sunday after Trinity (Picander 66), a setting of the 3rd verse of Ach Gott und Herr. (See NBA III/2.2 KB, p.162.)

View a complete listing of speculations regarding the liturgical occasions of individual BWV 253–438 chorales.

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