Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret [Leipzig version] BWV 31.2; BWV 31; BC A 55b GND

Easter Day, Cantata Cycle I (1723/1724)
Other catalogues
NV 1790, S. 76 [10]; BR-WFB N 103
Sacred cantata
Psalm: Psalm 110
Epistel: 1. Korinther 5, 6-8
Gospel: Markus 16, 1-8
S*, T*, B*, S I/II, A, T, B, Tr I-III, Timp, Ob, Ob d'am I (1724) u. Ob d'am II (1731), Taille, Bs, Vl I/II, Va I/II, Bc.

Date of origin, Work history
vor dem 09. April 1724
First performance on April 9, 1724 (original printed text); subsequent performance on March 25, 1731 (original printed text). Both performances in C major (chamber pitch). Further performance after 1750 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach in Halle (new organ part)
Early performances
, Leipzig, St. Nicholas Church (Premiere) (Link to event)
, Leipzig, St. Nicholas Church (Link to event)
relation to other works:
is part of BWV diverse [1. Jg.]
is revision of BWV 31.1 / BC A 55a
Presumably there is hardly any difference between the early version and the version of the 2nd performance in Leipzig (25.3.1731)
Introduction to the work
Link to videos:
Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret, BWV 31.2 (Ensemble Pygmalion, R. Pichon)

Author Libretto
Franck, Salomon (1695-1725) ?
S. Franck. Movement 9: Wenn mein Stündlein vorhanden ist (N. Herman, date of composition 1560; first print 1562), additional stanza (1574). Text print: Franck 1715, page 75. Original text prints: Leipzig 1724 II, page [3], and Leipzig 1731 I, page [3]
Link to lyrics
Author Chorale
Herman, Nikolaus (um 1480–1561)
Original lyrics
RUS-SPsc [Textdruck]

Original sources
PL-Kj Bach St 14, Faszikel 1 [Part(s)]
PL-Kj Bach St 14, Faszikel 2 [Part(s)]
PL-Kj Bach St 14, Faszikel 3 [Part(s)]
D-LEb Rara I, 7b [Textdruck] [Libretto]
RUS-SPsc [Textdruck] [Libretto]
Additional sources
D-B Bach P 1175 [vocal score / piano reduction]
D-B 10072-20 [Score]
D-B Bach P 445, Faszikel 2 [Score]
D-B Bach P 1159/XI, Faszikel 9 [Score]
D-Eib 4.4.5 [Score]
PL-Wu RM 5911 [Konvolut] [Score]
PL-Wu RM 5911, Faszikel 3 [Score]
Verschollen Sing-Akademie BWV 31, Partitur [Score]
PL-Kj Bach St 14, Faszikel 4 [Part(s)]


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