Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben [1st version] BWV 8.1; BWV 8; BC A 137a GND

Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity, Choral Cantatas in the Second Leipzig Cantata Cycle
Chorale cantata
Psalm: Psalm 90
Epistel: Epheser 3, 13-21
Gospel: Lukas 7, 11-17
Sopran solo, Alt solo, Tenor solo, Bass solo, Sopran, Alt Tenor, Bass, Corno, Flauto piccolo oder Flauto traverso, Oboe d'amore I, Oboe d'amore II, Violine I, Violine II, Viola, Basso continuo

Date of origin, Work history
vor dem 24. September 1724
First performance on September 24, 1724; subsequent performance in the second half of the 1730s (autograph additions in the original source).
Subsequent performance around 1755 during the interim cantorate under Carl Friedrich Barth/Christian Friedrich Penzel. Melody and setting of the closing chorale based on the hymnbook by Vetter 1713, No. 91
Early performances
, Leipzig (Premiere) (Link to event)
relation to other works:
is part of BWV diverse [2. Jg.]
is part of BWV diverse [Jg. 2a]
relation from other works:
is adapted in BWV 8/6 ChS
has revision BWV 8.2
Introduction to the work
Link to videos:
Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben, BWV 8.1 (Collegium Vocale Gent, Ph. Herreweghe)

Author Libretto
unknown author
Caspar Neumann (around 1690), stanza 1 and 5 literally preserved, stanzas 2–4 (sentence 2–5) reworked (author unknown). Original text print: Leipzig 1724 III, page [11]
Link to lyrics
Author Chorale
Neumann, Caspar (1648-1715)
Original lyrics
RUS-SPsc [Textdruck]

Original sources
B-Br Ms II 3905 Mus (Fétis 1985) [Part(s)]
RUS-SPsc [Textdruck] [Libretto]
Verschollen BWV 8 (in E), Originalstimme (Continuo) [Part(s)]
Additional sources
[Katalog (Angebotliste) Zulehner 1812] [Score]
A-Wgm III 25427 [Part(s)]
B-Br Ms II 4950 Mus [Score]
D-B Bach P 1159/IV, Faszikel 1 [Score]
D-B Bach P 810 [Score]
D-B Bach P 963 [Score]
D-DO Don Mus.Ms. 154 [Score]
D-KPk 248 [Part(s)]
D-LEb Rara II, 1a-D [Score]
D-MLHb Nr. 735 (heute in D-MLHm) [Score]
F-Pn D-560 [Score]
F-Pn VM1-2909 [Score]
GB-Ob MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn c. 55, no. 133 [Part(s)]
GB-Ob MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn c. 56, Faszikel 1 [Part(s)]
GB-Ob MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn c. 61, Faszikel 2 [Score]
GB-Ob MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn c. 61 [Konvolut] [Score]
PL-Wu RM 5939 [Score]
Verschollen BWV 8 (1), C. F. Penzel [Score]
Verschollen BWV 8 (2), C. v. Winterfeld Nr. 290 [Score]
Verschollen BWV 8 (3), K. Zulehner 1812 [Score]
Verschollen Choralsammlung [Score]
Verschollen Choralsammlung [Score]
Verschollen Thomasschule zu Leipzig, BWV 8 (Partitur) [Score]


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