Der Tod ist verschlungen in den Sieg (Matthias Weckmann)

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  • (Posted 2010-08-13)  CPDL #22074:       
Editor: Tim Risher (submitted 2010-08-13).   Score information: Letter, 16 pages, 540 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: V1, V2, Vla parts appended.

General Information

Title: Der Tod ist verschlungen in den Sieg
Composer: Matthias Weckmann

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: SacredCantata

Language: German
Instruments: String ensemble

First published:
Description: Written for soprano, tenor, bass, two violins, viola da gamba and continuo. The bass part has a very wide range, evidently the bass singer at court was quite flexible, or Weckmann simply wrote a complicated part. The gamba part could be carried by a viola if necessary. The contiuno should be performed on the organ, as Weckmann wrote his pieces for church performance. I have included a very simple realisation of the bass line, and added missing figures from the continuo.

The text is from Corinthians 15, 54-55 and 57.

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Der Tod ist verschlungen in den Sieg.
Tod, wo ist dein Stachel, Hölle, wo ist dein Sieg?
Gott aber sei Dank, der uns den Sieg gegeben hat
durch unsern Herren Jesum Christum.

English.png English translation

Death is Swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.