Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten BWV 59; BC A 82 GND

Whitsun/Pentecost, Cantata Cycle I (1723/1724)
Sacred cantata
Psalm: Psalm 51
Epistel: Apostelgeschichte 2, 1-13
Gospel: Johannes 14, 23-31
S*, B*, S, A, T, B; 2 Tr, Timp, 2 Vl, Va, Bc

Date of origin, Work history
um 1718
Date of composition in Karlsbad around 1718 (watermark; incomplete, see Wollny BJ 2020). Based on the original parts, the first performance likely took place on May 28, 1724. Movement 1 and 4 were modified (completed?) and reused in BWV 74/1 and 2, while movement 3 in BWV 175/7. The notation “Chorale seque” in the Leipzig Basso continuo part suggests a performance concluded with an (unknown) final chorus
Early performances
, Leipzig (Premiere) (Link to event)
relation to other works:
is exemplar of BWVBC F
is part of BWV diverse [1. Jg.]
Link to videos:
Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten, BWV 59 (J. S. Bach Stiftung St. Gallen)

Author Libretto
Neumeister, Erdmann (1671–1756)
E. Neumeister. Movement 1: John 14, 23. Movement 3: Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott (M. Luther, 1524), stanza 1. Printed text: Neumeister 1714 (lost, only movements 1–4 set to music); Neumeister 1716/1717, page 279
Link to lyrics
Author Chorale
Luther, Martin (1483–1546)
Bible verse
Other printed librettos

Original sources
D-B Mus.ms. Bach P 161 [Score, Sketch]
D-B Mus.ms. Bach St 102 [Part(s)]
Additional sources
D-B Mus.ms. Bach P 162 [Score]
D-B Mus.ms. Bach P 465, Faszikel 5 [Score]
D-B Mus.ms. Bach P 492, Faszikel 4 [Score]
D-B Mus.ms. Bach P 1159/V, Faszikel 3 [Score]
PL-Wu RM 5921 [Score]
PL-Wu RM 5930 [Score]
Verschollen BWV 59, C. v. Winterfeld Nr. 295 [Score]
D-HVs Kestner No. 164 (Nr. 1-8) [Part(s)]

Wollny BJ 2020

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