BWV 358

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Original source: Chorale, Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 358
Chorale Text: Jesu, meine Freude*, by Johann Franck (1653)
Tune: Jesu, meine Freude, by Johann Crüger (1653) (Zahn 8032)
First Performance: Unknown*
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): Riemenschneider 356; Breitkopf 355; Dietel 115; AmB 46II p.311
Other Harmonizations: BWVs 64.8, 81.7, 87.7, 227.1=227.11, 227.3, 227.7


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: Regarding the original source of this chorale, Rempp, citing Häfner, lists four possibilities in the Picander–Jahrgang:
1) Laß sie spotten, lasß sie lachen for the 4th Sunday after Trinity using the 6th verse of Jesu, meine Freude (Picander 45).
2) Ich kann mich besser nicht versorgen for Misericordias using the 1st verse of Jesu, meine Freude (Picander 32)
3) Steh auf mein Herz for the Sunday after New Year using the 2nd verse of Jesu, meine Freude (Picander 10)
4) Gelobet sei der Herr, der Gott Israel for the Feast of John the Baptist using the 2nd verse of Jesu, meine Freude (Picander 46).
(See NBA III/2.1 KB, p.87 or III/2.2 KB, p.323.)

This portion of the Dietel collection falls (very) roughly in order of the liturgical calendar, an arrangement that would suggest that this setting may fall around the 1st Sunday after Trinity. This would lend support for the fourth option above, since the Feast of John the Baptist fell June 24, 1728, between Trinity 1 (June 19) and Trinity 2 (June 26).
Dietel 105 (BWV 87.7) = for Rogate, 5th Sunday after Easter
Dietel 107 (BWV 43.11) = for Ascension
Dietel 108 (BWV 44.7) = for Exaudi
Dietel 109 (BWV 385) = ?? (See notes for BWV 385)
Dietel 110 (BWV 175.7) = for Whit Tuesday
Dietel 111 (BWV 174.5) = for Whit Monday
Dietel 112 (BWV 74.8) = for Whit Sunday
Dietel 113 (BWV 1125) = ??
Dietel 114 (BWV 129.5) = for Trinity Sunday
Dietel 115 (BWV 358) = for the Feast of John the Baptist??
Dietel 116 (BWV 39.7) = for 1st Sunday after Trinity

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

bach– by Luke Dahn. Copyright 2018.