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Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern BWV 1

Cantata for the Feast of Annunciation Day

By Johann Sebastian Bach

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SATB voice solos, SATB choir, piano (Soprano Voice Solo, Alto Voice Solo, Tenor Voice Solo, Bass Voice Solo, SATB Choir , 2 Hn, 2 Ob, Str, Org, Continuo) - Level 3
Cantata for the Feast of Annunciation Day. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Matthias Wendt. Arranged by Martin Focke. This edition: urtext edition. Stapled. Barenreiter Urtext. Vocal score. BWV 1. 38 pages. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA10001-90. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA10001-90).

Item Number: BA.BA10001-90

ISBN 9790006536146. 27 x 19 cm inches. Language: German, English.

The cantataWie schon leuchtet der MorgensternBWV 1 was written for 25 March 1725, when the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Mary coincided with Palm Sunday.
It forms the conclusion of Bach's cantata cycle of 1724/25.

The anonymous librettist retained the outer verses 1 and 7 of Philipp Nicolai's text (1599) which is assigned to the feast of Epiphany according to old tradition but was also sung at the Annunciation of the Blessed Mary. Verses 2 to 6 form the basis for the tenor and bass recitatives and the soprano and tenor arias.

Bach's composition has a particularly festive brilliance with his use of 2 horns, 2 oboes da caccia and the two concertante solo violins. The violins' lively figurations clearly reflect an image of the shining morning star.


- Urtext of the New Bach Edition
- Original German text with English singing translation
- Idiomatic and easy-to-play piano reduction

  • 1. (Coro): wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern 
  • 2. Recitativo (Tenore): Du wahrer Gottes und Marien Sohn 
  • 3. Aria (Soprano): Erfullet, ihr himmlischen, gottlichen Flammen 
  • 4. Recitativo (Basso): Ein, ird'scher Glanz, ein lieblich Licht 
  • 5. Aria (Tenore): Unser Mund und Tod der Saiten 
  • 6. Choral: Wie bin ich doch so herzlich froh 

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