Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe BWV 197.1; BWV 197a; BC A 11 GND

Christmas Day, Musical settings of texts by Picander (1727-1729 and later)
Sacred cantata
Psalm: Psalm 92
Epistel: Titus 2, Vers 11–14
Epistel: Jesaja 9, Vers 2–7
Gospel: Lukas 2, Vers 1–14
Week song: Gelobet seist du, Jesus Christ (M. Luther 1524)
A*, B*, S, A, T, B; 2 Fl trav, Ob d’am, Fag, 2 Vl, Va, Vc, Bc

Date of origin, Work history
um 1728-1729
First performance on December 25, 1728 or 1729. The music is preserved from movement 4 (the last 18 and a half measures) and completely for movements 5–7. The text of the lost introductory chorus suggests a richly instrumented, extended introductory chorus (with trumpet and timpani). The concluding choral (text as indicated by Picander 1728) corresponds to BWV 398
Early performances
, Leipzig (Premiere) (Link to event)
(oder EA im Folgejahr)
relation to other works:
is part of BWV diverse [Jg. 4]
relation from other works:
is adapted in BWV 197.1/7 ChS
Link to videos:
Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe, BWV 197.1 (Bach Collegium Japan, M. Suzuki)

C. F. Henrici. Movement 1: Luke 2, 14. Movement 7: Ich freue mich in dir (C. Ziegler, date of composition 1648; first print 1697), stanza 4. Text prints Picander 1728, page 71; Picander 1732, page 85
Link to lyrics

Original sources
US-NYpm B 1184. E33 (Heineman MS 10) [Score]
Additional sources
D-B Ms Danzig 4223 [Score]
D-B Bach P 1054 [Score]
Privatbesitz H. Federhofer (D-Mainz), BWV 197a [Score]
Verschollen Choralsammlung [Score]


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