BWV 302

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Original source: Chorale, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 302
Chorale Text: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott*, by Martin Luther (1529)
Tune: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, by Martin Luther (1529) (Zahn 7377)
First Performance: Unknown*
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): Riemenschneider 20; Breitkopf 20; Birnstiel 23; Dietel 64; AmB 46II p.157 & p.276; Levy–Mendelssohn 26; Fasch p.42
Other Harmonizations: BWVs 80.8, 303


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 suggests that this setting may be from the lost St. Mark Passion (BWV 247), serving as the 38th movement using the 4th verse of Das Wort sie sollen lassen stahn. (See NBA III/2.1 KB, p.65 or III/2.2 KB, p.150–151)

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

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