Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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  • (Posted 2019-02-09)  CPDL #53214:     
Editor: Ian Butler (submitted 2019-02-09).   Score information: A4, 102 pages, 1.88 MB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: No 8 has been transposed for oboe d'amore & cor anglais due to practical considerations. You can use the sources to create a cor anglais/oboe da caccia part.
The continuo realisation is my own, please feel free to ignore if you don't like it.
  • (Posted 2017-05-09)  CPDL #44429:  Network.png
Contributor: Paolo Pandolfo (submitted 2017-05-09).  Score information: A4, 53 pages, 2.44 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A scan of the piano-vocal score by Berhard Todt.

Separate movements

6. Wohl mir, daß ich Jesum habe - Chorale

  • (Posted 2014-06-28)  CPDL #32336:  Network.png
Editor: Brian Riedlinger (submitted 2014-06-28).   Score information: A4, 47 pages, 591 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Arrangement in English for SATB Choir, Oboe, 2 Trumpets, Trombone, Violin 1 and 2, Viola, and Cello/Bass.
  • (Posted 2004-07-03)  CPDL #07508:  Network.png PDF file available.
Editor: Helmut Kickton (submitted 2004-07-03).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 953 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: full, choir, instrumental and continuo scores.

10. Jesus bleibet meine Freude - Chorale

  • (Posted 2008-02-07)  CPDL #15926:        (Finale 2007)
Editor: Joachim Kelecom (submitted 2008-02-07).   Score information: A4, 16 pages, 147 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard version of the original accompaniment. Text in German. Source file opens with Notepad, Allegro 2007 or Finale 2007.
  • (Posted 2004-11-30)  CPDL #08659:  Network.png
Editor: Nancho Alvarez (submitted 2004-11-30).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 45 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Choral part only, German text. MIDI files available for each part.
  • (Posted 2004-11-01)  CPDL #08460:      Network.png MIDI and zipped Finale files available. Finale files may be viewed and printed with Finale Reader.
Editor: Manfred Hößl (submitted 2004-11-01).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Organ arrangement of the original orchestral score, by Manfred Hößl. no PDF file, zipped Finale file,
  • (Posted 1999-07-26)  CPDL #00529:    (MusiXTex)
Editor: Andre van Ryckeghem (submitted 1999-07-26).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 68 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Choral part only, German text.
  • (Posted 1999-02-20)  CPDL #00527:      (Finale 1998)
Editor: Greg Scheer (submitted 1999-02-20).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 188 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Full score, German text
  • (Posted 1999-02-20)  CPDL #00528:    (Finale 1998)
Editor: Greg Scheer (submitted 1999-02-20).   Score information: Letter, 13 pages, 244 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Orchestral parts.
Also see
Jesu, joy of man's desiring, BWV 147.10 for this chorale with English lyrics
Eres tú Jesús, Dios mío, BWV 147.10 for this chorale with Spanish lyrics
Ave verum corpus, BWV 147.10 for a contrafactum in Latin

General Information

Title: Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

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

Language: German
Instruments: Orchestra: Tromba, Oboe I/II, Oboe d'amore, Oboe da caccia I/II, Violino I/II, Viola, Continuo

First published: 1884 in Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 30
Opus: BWV 0147, 10 movements

Description: Composed 1723, for 2 July. Composed after cantata 147a, whose music is lost

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Text and translations

German.png German text

6. Wohl mir, daß ich Jesum habe:
Wohl mir, dass ich Jesum habe,
O wie feste halt ich ihn,
Dass er mir mein Herze labe,
Wenn ich krank und traurig bin.
Jesum hab ich, der mich liebet
Und sich mir zu eigen gibet;
Ach drum lass ich Jesum nicht,
Wenn mir gleich mein Herze bricht.

10. Jesus bleibet meine Freude:
Jesus bleibet meine Freude,
Meines Herzens Trost und Saft,
Jesus wehret allem Leide,
Er ist meines Lebens Kraft,
Meiner Augen Lust und Sonne,
Meiner Seele Schatz und Wonne;
Darum lass ich Jesum nicht
Aus dem Herzen und Gesicht.

English.png English translation

(Traditional)

I.
Jesu, joy of man's desiring,
Holy wisdom, Love most bright,
Drawn by thee, our souls aspiring
Soar to uncreated light.
Word of God, our flesh that fashioned
With the fire of life impassioned,
Striving still to truth unknown,
Soaring, dying round thy throne.

II.
Through the way where hope is guiding,
Hark, what peaceful music rings,
Where the flock, in thee confiding,
Drink of joy from deathless springs.
Theirs is beauty's fairest pleasure,
Theirs is wisdom's holiest treasure.
Thou dost ever lead Thine own
In the love of joys unknown.

English.png English translation

(Literal)

6. Wohl mir, dass ich Jesum habe
I am lucky to have Jesus,
Oh how tightly I hold him,
Because he refreshes my heart,
When I am sick and sad.
I have Jesus who loves me,
And gives himself to me as my own,
Ach, I will never leave Jesus,
Even when my heart is breaking.

10. Jesus bleibet meine Freude
Jesus will always be my joy,
My heart's comfort and essence,
Jesus is there through all suffering,
He is my life's strength,
The desire and sunshine of my eyes,
My soul's treasure and bliss;
Therefore I will never let Jesus go,
Neither from my heart nor from my face.