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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)

Praise ye God throughout creation BWV 51

Cantata for the 15th Sunday after Trinity
Urtext Stuttgarter Bach-Ausgaben

forVoice (soprano), trumpet, strings, basso continuo
Musical EditionsPiano reduction (Urtext edition)
Item no.232993
Author / ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach
EditorPaul Horn, Felix Loy
Languagesgerman, english
Scope28 pages; 19 × 27 cm
Duration20 minutes
Year of origin1730
Release year1995
Publisher / ProducerCarus Verlag
Producer No.CV 31.051/03


Scoring: Solo S, Tr, 2 Vl, Va, Bc

The original occasion for the composition of Cantata BWV 51 is not known. The unusual festive scoring with trumpet and solo soprano, and the virtuoso demands of these parts seem to indicate a special occasion, such as New Year, a town council election or the birthday of a prominent person. Bach only added the liturgical designation of the 15th Sunday after Trinity to the titlepage of his score later. The text is directed to the praise of God and thanks for the goodness he has shown, combined with a plea for support in the future. The chorale verse "Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren" is not a typically straightforward four-part setting, but is incorporated into an instrumental trio movement. Together with the following “Alleluja”, it forms a brilliant concertante conclusion to the work.

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