BWV 258

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Original source: Chorale, Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit, BWV 258
Chorale Text: Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält*, by Justus Jonas (based on Psalm 124) (1524)
Tune: Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält, Wittenberg 1529 (Zahn 4441a)
First Performance: Unknown
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): Riemenschneider 336; Breitkopf 335; AmB 46II p.106
Other Harmonizations: BWVs 114.7, 178.7, 256, 257


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: According to Smend, this setting may have served as the 3rd movement of the lost St. Mark Passion (BWV 247) using the 4th verse of Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält, though BWV 256 and 257 must also be considered. (See NBA III/2.2 KB, p.311.)

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

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