Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd [1st version] BWV 208.1; BWV 208; BC G 1/G 3 GND

Secular cantata
Solo: S I (Diana), S II (Pales), T (Endymion), B (Pan), [S I, S II, T, B,] Corno da caccia I, Corno da caccia II, Recorder I, Recorder II, Oboe I, Oboe II, Taille, Bassono, Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Violoncello, Basso continuo (+ Violone grosso)

Date of origin, Work history
vor dem 27. Februar 1713
First performance on February 27, 1713, in Weißenfels, belatedly for the birthday of Duke Christian of Saxony-Weißenfels (nach gehaltener Kampf-Jagd im fürstlichen Jäger-Hofe bei einer Tafel-Musik [following a held battle-hunt at the princely hunter’s court during a table music], see Franck 1716). Subsequent performance between 1713-1716 for the birthday of Duke Ernst August of Saxony-Weimar (autograph corrections in the score: Christian is changed to Ernst August). Movement 7 and 13 are later parodied in BWV 68/4 and 2, while Movement 15 is used in both the opening chorus of BWV 149 as well as in BWV 1141/7. A likely introductory Sinfonia preceded Recitative No. 1 (compare with BWV 1046.1)
Early performances
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relation from other works:
has as part BWV 1040
The final choir of this cantata was later reused as the first choir of BWV 149.
Introduction to the work
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Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd [1. Fassung] BWV 208.1 (Concentus musicus Wien, N. Harnoncourt)

S. Franck. Transcript of text (unknown hand, Weimar around date of composition 1713): Frolockender Götter Streit | bey | des etc. | Hochfürstlich Geburths Tage | unterthänigst aufgeführt | von etc. | Diana, Endymion, Pan, Pales. [Joyful Struggle of the Gods | at | the etc. | Princely Birthday | most humbly performed | by etc. | Diana, Endymion, Pan, Pales.] (D-B: P 42, Fascicle 3). Text print: Franck 1716, page 436
Link to lyrics

Original sources
D-B Mus.ms. Bach P 42, Faszikel 3 [Score]
Additional sources
D-B Mus.ms. Bach P 863 [Score]
Verschollen BWV 208, Penzel [Score]


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