Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn BWV 157.1; BWV 157; BC B 20 GND

Feast of the Purification of the Virgin/Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, Funeral Service, Musical settings of texts by Picander (1727-1729 and later), without assignment
Sacred cantata
Psalm: Psalm 12
Epistel: Maleachi 3, 1-4
Gospel: Lukas 2, 22-32
[T*, B*, S, A, T, B, Fl trav, Ob d’am, Va d’am, Bc] (vermutlich)

Date of origin, Work history
vor dem 06. Februar 1727
First performance in Pomßen (near Leipzig), February 6, 1727, at a memorial service for J.C. von Ponickau. The version is preserved only through the text print; this also contains (as the second part following the sermon) a libretto by G. C. Lehms, see BWV 1136, which is signed with the name of Bach’s student C. G. Wecker, who likely directed the performance. The music for this funeral cantata has been preserved only through its later transformation into Mariae Reinigung, see BWV 157.2.
Order of movements (according to the text print Leipzig 1727 I):
Before the sermon:
1. [Chorus] Ich lasse dich nicht, see BWV 157.2/1
2. Aria Ich halte meinen JEsum feste, see BWV 157.2/2
3. [Recit.] Mein lieber JEsu du, see BWV 157.2/3
4. Aria Ja, ja, ich halte JEsum feste, see BWV 157.2/4
5. Choral JEsum laß ich nicht von mir, see BWV 157.2/5
After the sermon:
(Text, see BWV 1136)
Early performances
, Leipzig (Premiere) (Link to event)
relation to other works:
is exemplar of BWVBC F
is part of BWV diverse [o.Jg.]
is part of BWV diverse [Jg. 4]
relation from other works:
has revision BWV 157.2
Lit.: K. Hofmann, in: BJ 1982, p. 51-80.
Link to videos:
Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn, BWV 157.1 (Amsterdam Baroque, T. Koopman)

C. F. Henrici. Movement 1: Genesis 32, 27. Movement 5: Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht (C. Keymann, 1658), stanza 6 (with the opening line from stanza 1 of the song; not in text prints). Text prints: Leipzig 1727 I, page 125; Picander 1727 I, page 210
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K. Hofmann, in: BJ 1982, S. 51-80

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