BWV 270

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Original source: Chorale, Befiehl du deine Wege, BWV 270
Chorale Text: Befiehl du deine Wege*, by Paul Gerhardt (1653)
Tune: Befiehl du deine Wege (melody #1), by Hans Leo Hassler (1601) (Zahn 5385a)
First Performance: Unknown*
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): Riemenschneider 286; Breitkopf 285; Dietel 62; AmB 46II p.274
Other Harmonizations: BWVs 135.6, 153.5, 161.6, 244.15, 244.17, 244.44, 244.54, 244.62, 248.5, 248.64, 271


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: Smend speculates that this chorale may have come from the lost Mark Passion, serving as either the 23rd movement (using verse 6 of O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden) or the 28th movement (using verse 1 of Befiehl du deine Wege). (See NBA III/2.1 KB, p.64 or III/2.2 KB, p.289)

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

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