Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben BWV 147; BWV 147; BC A 174 GND

Visitation, Cantata Cycle I (1723/1724)
Other catalogues
NV 1790, S. 79 [9]; BR-WFB N 110
Sacred cantata
Psalm: Psalm 12
Epistel: Jesaja 11, 1-5
Epistel: Römer 12, 9-16
Epistel: Hohelied 2, 8-17
Gospel: Lukas 1, 39-56
S*, A*, T*, B*, S, A, T, B; Tr, 2 Ob, Ob d’am, 2 Ob da cac, 2 Vl, Va, Bc

Date of origin, Work history
vor dem 02. Juli 1723
First performance on July 2, 1723; subsequent performance around 1728–1731 (watermark, handwriting styles in autographed score from movement 7); further performance around 1735–1739 (autographed addition part Oboe d’amore). Further performance of movement 1 by W. F. Bach in 1752 in Halle (along with BWV 170/1) as components of the Pasticcio Cantata BR-WFB F 20. Only movement 1 is preserved from the single-movement Weimar Cantata for the 4th Advent under BWV² 147a (see printed text, without recitatives). Whether more movements existed is not certain (compare with notes, page XI)
Early performances
, Leipzig (Premiere) (Link to event)
relation to other works:
is part of BWV diverse [1. Jg.]
Introduction to the work
Link to videos:
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 (Netherlands Bach Society)

Author Libretto
Franck, Salomon (1659–1725)
Movement 1, 3, 5, and 7: S. Franck (see printed text); Movement 2, 4, and 8: Author unknown. Movement 6 and 10: Jesu, meiner Seelen Wonne (M. Jahn, 1661), stanzas 6 and 17. Printed text for the 4th Advent: Franck 1717, page 7 (only Movement 1, 3, 7, and 5; with minor variations as well as a different concluding choral (No. 6 “Dein Wort lass mich bekennen”))
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General Description

Original sources
D-B Mus.ms. Bach P 102 [Score]
D-B Mus.ms. Bach St 46 [Part(s)]
Additional sources
D-B Mus.ms. Bach P 454, Faszikel 2 [Score]
D-B Mus.ms. Bach P 464, Faszikel 2 [Score]
D-B Mus.ms. Bach P 1159/VII, Faszikel 8 [Score]
D-B Mus.ms. Bach P 1159/XIII, Faszikel 2 [Score]
D-LEb Peters Ms. R 7 (Depositum im Bach-Archiv) [Score]
PL-Wu RM 5916 [Score]
Verschollen BWV 147, C. v. Winterfeld Nr. 292 [Score]


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