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God the Lord is sun and shield (Gott, der Herr, ist Sonn und Schild)

Cantata for Reformation Day

By Johann Sebastian Bach

Orchestra SAB vocal soli, SATB choir, [2 flutes], 2 oboes, 2 horns, timpani, 2 violins, viola, basso continuo - Grade 3
Cantata for Reformation Day. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Uwe Wolf. Arranged by Paul Horn. This edition: Paperbound. German title: Gott, Der Herr, Ist Sonn Und Schild Rev. Innovative practice aids, Sacred vocal music, Cantatas, Psalms, German, Special days, Reformation day, Praise and thanks. Vocal score. Composed circa 1725. BWV 79. 32 pages. Duration 17 minutes. Carus Verlag #CV 31.079/03. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3107903).

Item Number: CA.3107903

ISBN 9790007089214. Key: G major. Language: German/English.

After the really well-known cantata "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" BWV 80, Bach's only other cantata for Reformation Day is "Gott, der Herr, ist Sonn und Schild" BWV 79. The central chorale movement "Nun danket alle Gott" has become extremely famous separately from the cantata. This movement is characterised by the catchy melody of the two horn parts with their interludes between the lines of the chorale. These in turn are taken from the freely-composed opening chorus, thus forming a surprising link between the movement for chorus and the chorale. The chorus and both the arias in the cantata were used later in a Latin parody in the so-called "Lutheran Masses". Score available separately - see item CA.3107900.

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  • May 03, 2011 Beautiful Bach

    Many years ago I sang the bass solo part in this cantata, and still have a lovely newspaper review of the performance. I have never had a copy of the music, and have often wanted to see it again. I was extremely pleased with the beautiful copy I received from...

    Sheetmusic Plus. It was also amazingly inexpensive. I don't sing as much now (I am 68!), and in fact don't know how I managed to sing this Bach piece (it is quite high), but am very pleased indeed to have my beautiful, clear copy, which is in both English and German.

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