BWV 260

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Original source: Chorale, Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 260
Chorale Text: Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr*, by Nikolaus Decius (1539) after a 4th c. text
Tune: Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, by Nikolaus Decius (1539), based in part on a Gregorian chant (Zahn 4457)
First Performance: Unknown*
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): Riemenschneider 249; Breitkopf 249; Dietel 2; AmB 46II p.218
Other Harmonizations: BWVs 104.6, 112.5


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: Because this setting appears in the Dietel collection, there is a strong possibility that it came from a cantata (or other large work) that is now lost. Furthermore, based on the liturgical association of the chorale tune, Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, the setting may have come from a cantata for Misericordias Domini (2nd Sunday after Easter). The two other four–part chorale settings of this tune (BWVs 104.6 and 112.5) come from Misericordias cantatas, as does BWV 85.3, which is not a four–part chorale.

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

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