Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid (dialogus) [early version] BWV 58.1; BWV 58; BC A 26a GND

Second Sunday of Christmas, Choral Cantatas copmposed at a later stage
Sacred cantata
Psalm: Psalm 62
Epistel: 1. Petrus 4, 12-19
Epistel: 1. Petrus 3, 20-22
Gospel: Matthäus 2, 13-23
Gospel: Matthäus 3, 13-17
S* (Seele), B* (Jesus), Vl solo, Vl I/II, Va, Bc

Date of origin, Work history
vor dem 05. Januar 1727
First performance on January 5, 1727. Incompletely preserved initial version. Movements 1, 2, 4–5 largely correspond to BWV 58.2, only the Basso continuo part remains from movement 3
Early performances
, Leipzig (Premiere) (Link to event)
relation to other works:
is part of BWV diverse [Jg. 2b]
relation from other works:
has revision BWV 58.2
In der autogr. Partitur Ausschnittskizze (für Vokalbesetzung S/A) zu Satz 1 (NBA Suppl., S. 162f., P. Wollny, 2011).
Introduction to the work
Link to videos:
Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid, BWV 58.1 (J. S. Bach Stiftung St. Gallen)

Author Libretto
Birkmann, Christoph (1703-1771)
C. Birkmann. Movement 1 uses Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid (M. Moller, 1587), stanza 1. Movement 5 uses Herr/O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht (anonymous, 1608; presumably M. Behm, 1610), stanza 2. Printed text: Birkmann 1728, page 17
Link to lyrics
Author Chorale
Moller, Martin (1547–1606)
Behm, Martin (1557-1622)

Original sources
D-B Bach P 866 [Score, Sketch]
D-B Bach St 389 [Part(s)]
D-LEb Thomana 58 (Depositum im Bach-Archiv) [Part(s)]
Additional sources
D-Nst Will II, 1413 8° [Textdruck] [Libretto]


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