Cantata No.1 Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (BWV 1) (Vocal Score)

Bach, Johann Sebastian

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J S Bach Cantata No. 1 (BWV 1) Vocal Score

Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern | How bright and fair the morning star: Cantata for the Feast of Annunciation Day

Urtext of the New Bach Edition

Original German text with English singing translation

Idiomatic and straightforward piano reduction

The cantata “ Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern” BWV 1 was written for 25 March 1725, when the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Mary coincided with Palm Sunday.  It forms the conclusion of Bach’s cantata cycle of 1724/25.

The anonymous librettist retained the outer verses 1 and 7 of Philipp Nicolai’s text (1599) which is assigned to the feast of Epiphany according to old tradition but was also sung at the Annunciation of the Blessed Mary.  Verses 2 to 6 form the basis for the tenor and bass recitatives and the soprano and tenor arias.

Bach’s composition has a particularly festive brilliance with his use of 2 horns, 2 oboes da caccia and the two concertante solo violins.  The violins’ lively figurations clearly reflect an image of the shining morning star.

Wendt, Matthias
BA10001-90
9790006536146
Baerenreiter Germany
Soprano solo, Alto solo, Tenor solo, Bass solo, Mixed choir (SATB), Horn (2), Oboe (2), Strings, Organ, Basso continuo

Contents

  1. 1. (Coro): Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern / How bright and fair the morning star [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  2. 2. Recitativo (Tenore): Du wahrer Gottes und Marien Sohn / Thou very son of God and Mary born [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  3. Aria (Soprano): Erfüllet, ihr himmlischen, göttlichen Flammen / Come kindle, thou heavenly bright shining beacon [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  4. 4. Recitativo (Basso): Ein ird'scher Glanz, ein lieblich Licht / Our hearts rejoice in no false light [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  5. 5. Aria (Tenore): Unser Mund und Ton der Saiten / Harp and viol, voices blending [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  6. 6. Choral: Wie bin ich doch so herzlich froh / What joy my Saviour brings to me [Bach, Johann Sebastian]

Additional Information

Mixed Voices
English, German