BWV 342

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Original source: Chorale, Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn, BWV 342
Chorale Text: Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn, by Kaspar Stolzhagen (1591)
Tune: Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn, by Bartholomäus Gesius (1601) (Zahn 2585)
First Performance: Unknown*
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): Riemenschneider 79; Breitkopf 79; Birnstiel 70; AmB 46II p.150; Levy–Mendelssohn 18; Fasch p.39
Other Harmonizations: None


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: Häfner and Dürr suggest that this setting probably originated from the lost Picander–Jahrgang cantata Ich bin ein Pilgrim auf der Welt composed for Easter Monday, using the 3rd verse of Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn. (NBA III/2.2 KB, p.186) This suggestion is further supported by the setting’s position (Chorale #18) in the Levy–Mendelssohn Collection (NBA Source D), portions of which are organized by liturgical occasion — Chorale 16 is from the St. John Passion, Chorale 17 is likely from the lost St. Mark passion, Chorale 19 is, according to Häfner, from the Easter Day cantata in the Picander–Jahrgang, and Chorale 20 is from the Easter Tuesday cantata, BWV 145.

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

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