Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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Full Score

Contributor: Paolo Pandolfo (submitted 2016-10-17).  Score information: A4, 52 pages, 4.98 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A scan of the piano-vocal score by Berhard Todt.
  • (Posted 2006-07-28)  CPDL #12122:  IMSLP.png PDF, MIDI and Capella 5 files available.
Editor: Fritz Brodersen (submitted 2006-07-28).   Score information: A4   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Scroll down to Fritz Brodersen.
  • (Posted 2005-09-13)  CPDL #10549:  Network.png PDF file available.
Editor: Helmut Kickton (submitted 2005-09-13).   Score information: A4   Copyright: CPDL
Edition Notes: 9 files
  • (Posted 2007-10-04)  CPDL #15128:  Network.png MIDI and NoteWorthy Composer files available.
Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2007-10-04).   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: full score: orchestral and voice parts for all eight movements, continuo realization written by the editor

Orchestral parts

  • (Posted 2006-07-28)  CPDL #12108:  IMSLP.png PDF, MIDI and Capella 5 files available.
Editor: Fritz Brodersen (submitted 2006-07-28).   Score information: A4   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: orchestral parts, and choral score for all eight movements available. Click on Parts tab.
  • (Posted 2005-09-13)  CPDL #10550:  Network.png PDF file available.
Editor: Helmut Kickton (submitted 2005-09-13).   Score information: A4   Copyright: CPDL
Edition Notes: 25 files

Choral parts only

Editor: Jes Wagner (submitted 2020-01-21).   Score information: A4, 24 pages, 962 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Complete vocal score. Individual movements are available as MuseScore and PDF files. Orchestral parts can be made visible in MuseScore.
Editor: Johannes Becker (submitted 2012-01-20).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 163 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only to verses 1 & 7; "Es war ein wunderlicher Krieg" not included.
  • (Posted 2006-07-28)  CPDL #12089:  IMSLP.png PDF, MIDI and Capella 5 files available.
Editor: Fritz Brodersen (submitted 2006-07-28).   Score information: A4   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: full score, orchestral parts, and choral score for all eight movements available.
  • (Posted 2005-09-13)  CPDL #10551:  Network.png PDF file available.
Editor: Helmut Kickton (submitted 2005-09-13).   Score information: A4   Copyright: CPDL
Edition Notes: 5 files

Individual Movements

Sinfonia - Orchestra

Editor: Helmut Kickton (submitted 2002-03-20).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 43 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: full score, in A4 format

Versus 1 - Christ lag in Todesbanden - Chorus, orchestra

Editor: Ada Faure (submitted 2001-03-30).   Score information: Letter, 19 pages, 568 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Chorus, full orchestra.
Editor: Helmut Kickton (submitted 2002-03-20).   Score information: A4, 19 pages, 452 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:
Editor: Helmut Kickton (submitted 2002-03-21).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 200 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: choral parts only

Versus 2 - Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt - Duet soprano-alto, cornetto, trombone, continuo

Editor: Ada Faure (submitted 2001-03-30).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 4 pages, 108 kB   Copyright: Personal
Editor: Helmut Kickton (submitted 2002-03-20).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 72 kB   Copyright: Personal

Versus 3 - Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn - Tenor solo, violino I/II, continuo

Editor: Ada Faure (submitted 2001-07-16).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 4 pages, 108 kB   Copyright: Personal
Editor: Helmut Kickton (submitted 2002-03-20).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: Personal

Versus 4 - Es war ein wunderlicher Krieg - Chorus, continuo

Editor: Helmut Kickton (submitted 2002-03-20).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 140 kB   Copyright: Personal
Editor: Helmut Kickton (submitted 2002-03-21).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 128 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: choral parts only

Versus 5 - Hier ist das rechte Osterlamm

Editor: Claudio Macchi (submitted 2002-09-17).   Score information: A4 (landscape), 1 page, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: with both variant and as used in Der Friede sei mit dir, BWV 158 (Johann Sebastian Bach)
  • (Posted 2002-06-11)  CPDL #03668:  Icon_pdf_globe.gif Network.png MIDI and NoteWorthy Composer files available.
Editor: Marco Gallo (submitted 2002-06-11).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 24 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:
Editor: Helmut Kickton (submitted 2002-03-20).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 120 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Bass solo, Violino I/II, Viola I/II, Continuo.

Versus 6 - So feiern wir das hohe Fest - Duet soprano-tenor, continuo

Editor: Helmut Kickton (submitted 2002-03-20).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 76 kB   Copyright: Personal
Editor: Ada Faure (submitted 2001-03-30).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 3 pages, 180 kB   Copyright: Personal

Versus 7 - Wir essen und leben wohl - Chorus, orchestra

Editor: Claudio Macchi (submitted 2002-09-17).   Score information: A4 (landscape), 1 page, 92 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
Editor: Helmut Kickton (submitted 2002-03-20).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 24 kB   Copyright: Personal
Editor: Helmut Kickton (submitted 2002-03-21).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 128 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: choral parts only

Orchestral scores of complete work

  • (Posted 2005-09-13)  CPDL #09504:  Network.png PDF and MIDI files available.
Editor: Helmut Kickton (submitted 2005-09-13).   Score information: A4   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:Complete setting, Full score, vocal score, parts,

General Information

Title: Christ lag in Todesbanden
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Lyricist: Martin Luther

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCantata for Easter Sunday

Language: German
Instruments: Strings Violino I/II, Viola I/II and Basso continuo. The colla parte cornetto and trombones I-III were added to voices in 1725.

First published: 1851 in vol. 1 of the Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe
Opus: BWV 0004, 8 movements

Description: Chorale cantata "per omnes versus", first performed in Mühlhausen (1707 or 1708) then revised for Leipzig and used 1724 & 1725.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Christ lag in Todesbanden.