Johann Sebastian Bach (16851750)

Wake, o wake and hear the voices BWV 140

Cantata for the 27th Sunday after Trinity
Stuttgarter Bach-Ausgaben

for: 3 soloists (STB), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra, basso continuo

Piano reduction (Urtext edition)

Item no.137061
Author/ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach
TextPhilipp Nicolai
EditorPaul Horn
Languagesgerman, english
Scope40 pages; 19 × 27 cm
Duration31 minutes
Year of origin1731
Release year1993
Publisher/ProducerCarus Verlag
Producer No.CV 31.140/03
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The three-verse hymn "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" was written by Philipp Nicolai and is first found in his "Der Freudenspiegel des ewigen Lebens". The poet of the other sections of the text is unknown. The verses of Nicolai’s hymn determine the structure of the work: verse 1 opens the sequence of movements with a grand, spacious setting of the chorale for choir, verse 2 is at the centre with the chorale set in three parts, and verse 3 concludes the work with homophonic writing throughout. The verses are separated by recitative and duet twice.

Instrumentation: Soli STB, Coro SATB, 2 Ob, Tl (Eh), Cor, Vlpic, 2 Vl, Va, Bc