BWV 312

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Original source: Chorale, Es woll uns Gott gnädig sein, BWV 312
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 352; Breitkopf 351; Dietel 99; AmB 46II p.304
Other Harmonizations: BWVs 69.6, 76.7=76.14, 311


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 311) 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/2.1 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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