Christ lag in Todesbanden [Leipzig version] BWV 4.2; BWV 4; BC A 54b GND

Easter Day, Choral Cantatas in the Second Leipzig Cantata Cycle
Chorale cantata
Psalm: Psalm 110
Epistel: 1. Korinther 5, 6-8
Gospel: Markus 16, 1-8
Sopran solo, Alt solo, Tenor solo, Bass solo, Sopran, Alt, Tenor, Bass, Cornetto, Trombone I, Trombone II, Trombone III, Violine I, Violine II, Viola I, Viola II, Basso continuo

Date of origin, Work history
wahrscheinlich vor dem 9. April 1724
First performance on April 1, 1725 with a new final chorale (addition of movement 8 in parts by Johann Heinrich Bach/Christian Gottlieb Gerlach). Parts by Christian Gottlob Meißner without final chorale and basso continuo (transposed) already prepared for Easter 1724, but performance deferred in favor of BWV 31.2
Early performances
, Leipzig (Premiere) (Link to event)
, Leipzig (Link to event)
relation to other works:
is part of BWV diverse [2. Jg.]
is revision of BWV 4.1 / BC A 54
is part of BWV diverse [2. Jg. a]
relation from other works:
is adapted in BWV 4/8 ChS
Introduction to the work
Link to videos:
Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4.2 (English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi-Choir, J. E. Gardiner)

Martin Luther, 1524
Link to lyrics
Author Chorale
Luther, Martin (1483–1546)

Original sources
D-LEb Thomana 4 (Depositum im Bach-Archiv) [Part(s)]
Verschollen BWV 4, Originalstimmen [Part(s)]
Additional sources
[Verschollen Kantatenabschriften, C. v. Winterfeld] [Score]
B-Bc 14970 [vocal score / piano reduction]
D-B Bach P 1159/XI, Faszikel 5 [Score]
D-Bsd 789 [Score]
D-DT Mus -n 1376 [Part(s)]
D-GOl Mus. 4° 54c/5 [Score and part(s)]
D-Hs ND VI 966c [vocal score / piano reduction]
GB-Ob MS. Don. c. 151, Faszikel 6 [Score]
GB-Ob MS. Don. c. 151 [Konvolut] [Score]
PL-Wu RM 5911, Faszikel 4 [Score]
PL-Wu RM 5911 [Konvolut] [Score]
Verschollen BWV 4 (1), C. v. Winterfeld Nr. 301 [Score]
Verschollen Choralsammlung [Score]

Dürr St 2, S. 20, 167

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