Gott, man lobet dich in der Stille, BWV 120 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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  • (Posted 2017-04-03)  CPDL #43866:  Network.png
Contributor: Paolo Pandolfo (submitted 2017-04-03).  Score information: A4, 28 pages, 1.95 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A scan of the piano-vocal score by Berhard Todt.

Separate movements

6. Nun hilf uns, Herr, den Dienern dein (Chorale)

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Editor: Marco Gallo (submitted 2004-02-17).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 27 kB   Copyright: Free Art License
Edition notes: Chorale from cantata BWV 120.

General Information

Title: Gott, man lobet dich in der Stille, BWV 120
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCantata

Language: German
Instruments: Orchestra: 2 oboes d'amore, 3 trumpets, timpani, strings, continuo

First published: 1876 in Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 24
Opus: BWV 120, 6 movements
Description: Cantata for the inauguration of a new town council. It is now accepted that the work acquired its surviving form no earlier than 1742, but 3 movements appear to be parodied from 2 lost works known from their libretti:Gott, man lobet dich BWV 120b for the 1730 commemoration of the Augsburg Confession, and the c.1729 wedding cantata Herr Gott, Beherrscher aller Dinge BWV 120a, and the music of the soprano aria appears in the violin sonata BWV 1019a, c. 1725. Bach reworked the choral second movement for the Symbolum Nicenum of his Mass in B minor.

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German.png German text

Nun hilf uns, Herr, den Dienern dein,
Die mit deinm Blut erlöset sein!
Laß uns im Himmel haben teil
Mit den Heilgen im ewgen Heil!
Hilf deinem Volk, Herr Jesu Christ,
Und segne, was dein Erbteil ist;
Wart und pfleg ihr zu aller Zeit
Und heb sie hoch in Ewigkeit!