Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes BWV 76; BC A 97 GND

Second Sunday after Trinity, Reformation Day, Cantata Cycle I (1723/1724)
Other catalogues
NV 1790, S. 79 [5]
Sacred cantata
Psalm: Psalm 72
Epistel: 1. Johannes 3, 13-18
Gospel: Lukas 14, 16-24
Psalm: Psalm 72
Epistel: 1. Johannes 3, 13-18
Gospel: Lukas 14, 16-24
S*, A*, T*, B*, S, A, T, B; Tr, 2 Ob, Ob d’am, 2 Vl, Va, Vdg, Bc

Date of origin, Work history
vor dem 6. Juni 1723
First performance on June 6, 1723, as Bach’s inaugural music at St. Thomas Church; subsequent performance of Part II (movement 8–14 or 8–12) possibly on October 31, 1724, or June 10, 1725, as evidenced by the watermark on the viola da gamba part; subsequent performance of Part I (movement 1–7) for the Reformation Festival is not datable; further performances likely after 1740, with handwritten changes by J. S. Bach in the parts for the fugue theme in movement 1. Movement 8 or its source material was incorporated into BWV 528
Early performances
, Leipzig, St. Thomas Church (Premiere) (Link to event)
relation to other works:
is part of BWV diverse [1. Jg.]
relation from other works:
is adapted in BWV 528.2
In der autogr. Partitur Entwürfe zu einem Eingangschor (nicht verwendet) u. zu Nr. 7 (NBA Suppl., S. 96‒101, P. Wollny, 2011).
Link to videos:
Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes, BWV 76 (Amsterdam Baroque, T. Koopman)

Author unknown. Movement 1: Psalm 12, verses 2 and 4. Movement 7 and 14: Es woll uns Gott genädig sein (Martin Luther, 1524, based on Psalm 67), stanza 1 and 3
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Original sources
D-B Mus.ms. Bach P 67 [Score, Sketch]
D-B Mus.ms. Bach St 13b [Part(s)]
Additional sources
D-B Am.B 44 [Konvolut] [Score]
D-B Am.B 44, Faszikel 8 [Score]
D-Bhm RH 1118 [Konvolut] [Score]
D-B N.Mus.ms. 10072-13 [Score]
D-B Mus.ms. Bach P 181 [Score]
D-B Mus.ms. Bach P 445, Faszikel 4 [Score]
PL-Wu RM 5920 [Score]
US-NYpm B 1184. C229 (MA 9) [Score]
Verschollen Sing-Akademie BWV 76 (1), Partitur [Score]
Verschollen BWV 76, F. Hauser [Score]
Verschollen BWV 76, Teil I, Breitkopf [Score]
Verschollen BWV 76, Teil II, Breitkopf [Score]
Verschollen BWV 76, Kaiserin Augusta-Gymnasium (Berlin) [Score and part(s)]
Verschollen Sing-Akademie BWV 76 (2), Stimmen [Part(s)]
Verschollen BWV 76 [Arrangement], Kaiserin Augusta-Gymnasium (Berlin) [Part(s)]


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