BWV 311

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Original source: Chorale, Es woll uns Gott gnädig sein, BWV 311
Chorale Text: Es woll uns Gott genädig sein*, by Martin Luther, a paraphrase of Ps. 67 (1524)
Tune: Es woll uns Gott genädig sein, by Matthias Greitter (1524) (Zahn 7247)
First Performance: Unknown*
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): Riemenschneider 16; Breitkopf 16; Birnstiel 17; AmB 46II p.182; Levy–Mendelssohn 46; Fasch p.86
Other Harmonizations: BWVs 69.6, 76.7=76.14, 312


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: This setting (or possibly BWV 312) may have served as the closing to the lost cantata Erwache, du verschlafnes Herze for the 5th Sunday after Epiphany from the Picander–Jahrgang, according to Häfner. The text that would have been used is the 3rd verse of Luther’s Es danke Gott und lobe dich. (See NBA III/2.2 KB, p.148; and regarding BWV 312, see III/2.1 KB, p.79 or III/2.2, p.320)

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

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