Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben [2nd version] BWV 8.2; BWV 8; BC A 137b 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, Flauto traverso, Oboe d'amore I, Oboe d'amore II, Taille, Violine concertato I, Violine concertato II, Violine I, Violine II, Viola, Basso continuo

Date of origin, Work history
vor dem 17. September 1747
First performance likely on September 17, 1747. Reworking of the first version (transposed to D; including change in instrumentation). Subsequent performance in Leipzig after 1756 under Johann Friedrich Doles (harpsichord part)
Early performances
, Leipzig (Premiere) (Link to event)
relation to other works:
is revision of BWV 8.1 / BC A 137a
is part of BWV diverse [Jg. 2b]
later version in D major;
The final chorale "Herrscher über Tod und Leben" is based on a chorale by Daniel Vetter ("Musicalische Kirch- und Haus-Ergötzlichkeit", part 2, 1713, no. 91).
Text: see BWV 8, 1st version
Introduction to the work
Link to videos:
Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben, BWV 8.2 (Collegium Vocale Gent, Ph. Herreweghe)

Caspar Neumann (around 1690), stanzas 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 sources
D-LEb Thomana 8, Faszikel 1 (Depositum im Bach-Archiv) [Part(s)]
Verschollen BWV 8 (in D), Originalstimmen [Part(s)]
Additional sources
D-LEb Rara II, 661/2-D [Score]
D-LEb Thomana 8, Faszikel 2 [nach 1750] (Depositum im Bach-Archiv) [Part(s)]
Verschollen Thomasschule zu Leipzig, BWV 8 (Partitur) [Score]


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