Komm, du süße Todesstunde BWV 161; BWV 161 Fassung A/B; BC A 135a/b GND

Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity, Weimar Cantatas, without assignment
Sacred cantata
Psalm: Psalm 90
Epistel: Epheser 3, 13-21
Gospel: Lukas 7, 11-17
A*, T*, S, A, T, B; 2 Fl dolce, 2 Vl, Va, Org obl, Bc

Date of origin, Work history
vor dem 27. September 1716
First performance on September 27, 1716 (due to state mourning, no first performance possible on 16th post Trinity 1715). Performed in E-flat major (low chamber pitch) [= C major (high pitch)]; subsequent performance likely on September 16, 1725 (text print by Birkmann 1728). A Berlin part set (D-B: St 469) preserves a non-authentic version (BWV²ᵃ 161 version B or BC A 135b) with variations in instrumentation: movement 1: Flauto traverso I/II, Violin I/II instead of Flauto dolce I/II, Viola as well as Soprano (Herzlich tut mich verlangen, stanza 1) instead of obligato organ; Movements 4–6: Flauto traverso I/II instead of Flauto dolce I/II. No connection between this version and any further performances by Bach is evident
Early performances
, Weimar (Premiere) (Link to event)
relation to other works:
is part of BWV diverse [W. Kant.]
is part of BWV diverse [o.Jg.]
relation from other works:
is adapted in BWV 161/6 (o.I.) ChS
is adapted in BWV 161 [Leipziger Fassung]
For dating of 1. version (= Weimar version) s. Lit.: Dürr St 2, p. 65; A. Glöckner, in: BJ 1985, p. 159-64; A. Dürr, in: BJ 1987, p. 151-157; K. Hofmann, in BJ 1993, p. 1-22.
There is different opinion (performing in 1715, during the official period of mourning). s. W. W. Cowdery: "The Early Vocal Works of Johann Sebastian Bach", Diss. Cornell-University, Ithaca/New York 1989, p. 83-90 [s. K. Hofmann, in: BJ 1993, p. 22 (fn. 38)]
Introduction to the work
Link to videos:
Komm, du süße Todesstunde, BWV 161 (J. S. Bach Stiftung St. Gallen)

S. Franck. Movement 6: Herzlich tut mich verlangen (C. Knoll, 1610), stanza 4. Text prints: Franck 1715, page 162 (variations in movements 3–4); Birkmann 1728, page 123
Link to lyrics

Original sources
D-B Mus.ms. Bach P 124 [Score]
D-B Mus.ms. Bach St 469 [Part(s)]
D-Nst Will II, 1413 8° [Textdruck] [Libretto]
Additional sources
D-B Mus.ms. Bach P 49, Faszikel 2 [Score]
D-B Mus.ms. Bach P 458, Faszikel 2 [Score]
D-B Mus.ms. Bach P 474 [Score]
D-B Mus.ms. Bach P 1159/XV, Faszikel 9 [Score]
GB-Ob MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn d. 61 [Score]
PL-Wu RM 5928 [Score]
Verschollen Sing-Akademie BWV 161 (1), Partitur [Score]
Verschollen Choralsammlung [Score]
Verschollen BWV 161, Kaiserin Augusta-Gymnasium (Berlin) [Score and part(s)]
Verschollen Sing-Akademie BWV 161 (2), Stimmen [Part(s)]
Verschollen BWV 161, E. Prieger [Part(s)]
Verschollen BWV 161 [Arrangement], Kaiserin Augusta-Gymnasium (Berlin) [Part(s)]


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