Ärgre dich, o Seele, nicht BWV 186; BC A 108 GND

Seventh Sunday after Trinity, Cantata Cycle I (1723/1724)
Other catalogues
NV 1790, S. 80 [1]
Sacred cantata
Psalm: Psalm 145
Epistel: Römer 6, 19-.23
Gospel: Matthäus 8, 1-9
S*, A*, T*, B*, S, A, T, B; 2 Ob, Taille, Fag, 2 Vl, Va, Bc

Date of origin, Work history
First performance on July 11, 1723 (autograph date); subsequent performance around 1746–1749, likely only the first part (scribe basso continuo part). A version hitherto cataloged under BWV² 186a goes back only to the text print from Weimar in 1717 for the third Advent; however, a clustering of three Advent cantatas in the year 1716 does not conform to the customs of Weimar (new pieces monthly, as indicated by Dok. II Nr. 66; for the second Advent of 1716, the cantata BWV 70.1 is already evidenced by Weimar parts); style (incorporation of chorus) and autograph dating of the score to the year 1723 (D: P 53) also argue for a date of composition in 1723
Early performances
, Leipzig (Premiere) (Link to event)
relation to other works:
is part of BWV diverse [1. Jg.]
Umgearbeitete u. erweiterte Fassung von BWV 186a (→ Text). Erstaufführung 11. Juli 1723 (autogr. Datum); Wiederaufführung um 1746‒1749, vermutlich nur 1. Teil (Schreiber Stimme Bc).
Introduction to the work
Link to videos:
Ärgre dich, o Seele, nicht, BWV 186.2 (Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, J. E. Gardiner)

Movement 1, 3, 5, 8, 10: Written by Salomo Franck (as indicated by the text print). The author of the added movements 2, 4, 7, and 9 is unknown. Movement 6 and 11: Es ist das Heil uns kommen her (P. Speratus, 1523), stanzas 11–12. The text print for the 3rd Advent is by Franck in 1717, page 6 (only movements 1, 3, 5, 8, and 10)
Link to lyrics

Original sources
D-B Mus.ms. Bach P 53 [Score]
D-LEb Go. S. 5 [Part(s)]
Verschollen Thomasschule zu Leipzig, BWV 186 (Originalstimmen) [Part(s)]
Additional sources
D-B Mus.ms. Bach P 1159/VIII, Faszikel 4 [Score]
D-B Mus.ms. Bach P 440, Faszikel 5 [Score]
PL-Wu RM 5908, Faszikel 2 [Score]
PL-Wu RM 5908 [Konvolut] [Score]
US-NYpm B 1184. C229 (MA 9) [Score]
Verschollen Sing-Akademie BWV 186 (1), Partitur [Score]
Verschollen Sing-Akademie BWV 186 (2), Stimmen [Part(s)]


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