Christen, ätzet diesen Tag BWV 63; BC A 8 GND

Christmas Day, Weimar Cantatas, Cantata Cycle I (1723/1724)
Other catalogues
NV 1790, S. 74 [5]
Sacred cantata
Psalm: Psalm 92
Epistel: Titus 2, Vers 11–14
Epistel: Jesaja 9, Vers 2–7
Gospel: Lukas 2, Vers 1–14
Week song: Gelobet seist du, Jesus Christ (M. Luther 1524)
S*, A*, T*, B*, S, A, T, B; 4 Tr, Timp, 3 Ob, Bs, 2 Vl, Va, Bc. [WA 1729 (?): Org obl statt Ob in Satz 3.]

Date of origin, Work history
vor dem 25. Dezember 1714
First performance on December 25, 1714; subsequent performance on December 25, 1723 (as evidenced by the watermark and the scribe of the Violin I/II parts) and possibly on December 25, 1729? (with an obligato organ part instead of a solo oboe)
Early performances
, Weimar (Link to event)
, Leipzig (Link to event)
relation to other works:
is part of BWV diverse [1. Jg.]
is part of BWV diverse [W. Kant.]
Introduction to the work
Link to videos:
Christen, ätzet diesen Tag, BWV 63 (Netherlands Bach Society)

Author Libretto
Heineccius, Johann Michael (1674–1722)?
unknown author
Author unknown, movements 1, 3, 5, and 7 by J. M. Heineccius (these movements match those in his Reformation cantata for G. Kirchhoff, as indicated by the printed text: Heineccius 1718, page 89; compare with Serauky and Dürr's stanza). Another printed text from Döbeln 1736
Link to lyrics

Original sources
D-B Bach St 9 [Part(s)]
Additional sources
D-B Bach P 443, Faszikel 5 [Score]
D-B Bach P 1159/XI, Faszikel 4 [Score]
PL-Wu RM 5913 [Konvolut] [Score]
PL-Wu RM 5913, Faszikel 2 [Score]
Verschollen Sing-Akademie BWV 63, Partitur [Score]


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