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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)

Ah! I see now, as I to the wedding bidden BWV 162

Cantata for the 20th Sunday after Trinity.
Leipzig Version.
Reconstruction Masaaki Suzuki

Urtext Stuttgarter Bach-Ausgaben

for4 soloists (SATB), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra, basso continuo
Musical EditionsStudy score (Urtext edition)
Item no.681010
Author / ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach
ArrangerMasaaki Suzuki
EditorFrauke Heinze
Languagesgerman, english
Scope28 pages; 15 × 21 cm
Duration18 minutes
Year of origin1716
Release year2018
Publisher / ProducerCarus Verlag
Producer No.CV 31.162/07


The cantata for the 20th Sunday after Trinity. "Ah! I see now, as I to the wedding bidden", BWV 162 was first performed on 25 October 1716 in the Castle church at Weimar. During the first year in his position as Thomaskantor, Bach made a revival performance of the cantata on 10 October 1723.

For this Leipzig version he added an additional obbligato voice in the first movement and in the final chorale he added a “Corno da tirarsi”, which played colla-parte with the soprano. However, we do not know what this mysterious instrument looked like. For performances today we recommend using a trumpet or a slide trumpet.

The cantata begins not with an introductory chorus, but rather with a sonorous bass aria with a string accompaniment and obbligato trumpet. The following movements, movement 2 through 5, are also performed by vocal soloists.

The third movement, a soprano aria, presents a peculiarity: the obbligato wind parts were not contained in the original version of this cantata. Our edition offers a reconstruction for the flute, made by the famous Bach interpreter and expert, Masaaki Suzuki.

Scoring: Soli SATB, Coro SATB, Fl, Cor da tirarsi, 2 Vl, Va, Bc

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