Cantata for the Trinity Sunday – "O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad"
Urtext Stuttgarter Bach-Ausgaben (revised edition)
for: 4 soloists (SATB), mixed choir (SATB), 2 violins, viola, bassoon, basso continuo
|Author/Composer||Johann Sebastian Bach|
|Scope||24 pages; 14.5 × 21 cm|
|Producer No.||CV 31.165/07|
The cantata "O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad" (O Holy spirit’s solemn rite) BWV 165 is one of Bach's earliest cantata compositions and was presumably first performed in the Weimar Schlosskirche for Trinity Sunday in 1715. With a simple instrumentation of only strings and basso continuo (including bassoon), the cantata offers an alternative to the later Leipzig cantatas for the Feast of the Holy Trinity, also with regard to the vivid interpretation of the text in the librettos by Salomon Franck. In the two expressive recitatives and the three distinctively different arias, Bach repeatedly emphasizes the central words of the text, which focuses on the meaning of the rebirth of the spirit through baptism.