Erschallet, ihr Lieder [3rd version] BWV 172.3; BWV 172; BC A 81c GND

Whitsun/Pentecost, Cantata Cycle I (1723/1724)
Other catalogues
NV 1790, S. 78 [7]; BR-WFB N 107
Sacred cantata
Psalm: Psalm 51
Epistel: Apostelgeschichte 2, 1-13
Gospel: Johannes 14, 23-31
S*, A*, T*, B*, S, A, T, B, Tr I–III, Timp, Ob, Vl I/II, Va I/II, Fag, Vc oder Org obl, Bc

Date of origin, Work history
vor dem 13. Mai 1731
First performance on May 13, 1731, revised version in C major (concert pitch). Sequence of movements is like BWV 172.2, but without movement 7 and without the transverse flute. Instrumentation for movement 5: Soprano, Alto, Oboe, obligato Violoncello or obligato organ. Subsequent performance after 1750 by W. F. Bach in Halle (revised original parts) and possibly by C. P. E. Bach in Hamburg (copy of the score)
Early performances
, Leipzig, St. Nicholas Church (Link to event)
relation to other works:
is revision of BWV 172.1 / BC A 81a
is revision of BWV 172.2 / BC A 81b
2nd Leipzig version in C major (standard pitch); about pitch s. NBA I/13 (score), p. Vf.
further changes in comparison with the 2nd version: mvt. 7 (= mvt. 1) omitted, setting in mvt. 5: S, A, oboe d'amore, violoncello obl. or organ obl.; probably a further performance after 1731.
Introduction to the work
Link to videos:
Erschallet, ihr Lieder, BWV 172.3 (J. S. Bach Stiftung St. Gallen)

Movement 6: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (Philipp Nicolai, date of composition 1597/1598; first print 1599), stanza 4. Text print: Leipzig 1721, page [3]. Original text print: Leipzig 1731 II, page [3]
Link to lyrics

Original sources
D-B Bach St 23 [Part(s)]
D-LEb Rara I, 7c [Textdruck] [Libretto]
Additional sources
D-B Am.B 43, Faszikel 10 [Score]
D-B Am.B 43 [Konvolut] [Score]
D-B Bach P 1159/IX, Faszikel 9 [Score]
D-B Bach P 448, Faszikel 3 [Score]
D-B Bach P 76, Faszikel 1 [Score]
D-HAmi Ms. 170 [Score]
D-KNu K 16a/6412 [Score]
PL-Wu RM 5915 [Score]
Verschollen BWV 172, Breitkopf [Score]
Verschollen Choralsammlung [Score]
Verschollen Sing-Akademie BWV 172, Partitur [Score]


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