Johann Sebastian Bach (16851750)

Fret thee not, thou mortal soul BWV 186a

Cantata for the 3rd Sunday in Advent (Reconstruction)
Stuttgarter Bach-Ausgaben

for: 4 soloists (SATB), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra, basso continuo


Item no.234050
Author/ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach
EditorDiethard Hellmann
Scope32 pages; 21 × 29.5 cm
Duration20 minutes
Year of origin1716
Release year1980
Publisher/ProducerCarus Verlag
Producer No.CV 31.186/00


Scoring: Soli SATB, Coro SATB, [2 Ob], Fg, 2 Vl, Va, Bc

Bach was not able to use the Weimar Advent cantata "Ärgre dich, o Seele, nicht" BWV 186a in Leipzig, as there was no performance of church music there between the 1st Sunday of Advent and Christmas. Bach expanded and revised the cantata during his first year in Leipzig and performed it for the first time in its new form on the 7th Sunday after Trinity 1723. Only a wordbook survives from the original Weimar form of the work. Starting from the Weimar wordbook and Bach’s Leipzig score, Diethard Hellmann has created a reconstruction of Bach’s sole known cantata for the 3rd Sunday of Advent.