Chorale: "Das neugeborne Kindelein" (BWV 122 No 1) for Winds & Strings

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Das neugeborne Kindelein (The new-born infant child), BWV 122, is a church cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach composed the cantata in his second year as Thomaskantor in Leipzig for the Sunday after Christmas. The prescribed readings for the Sunday were from the Epistle to the Galatians, "through Christ we are free from the law" (Galatians 4:1–7), and from the Gospel of Luke, Simeon and Anna talking to Mary (Luke 2:33–40). The chorale cantata is based on a hymn by Cyriakus Schneegaß (1597) with the same title as the cantata. The librettist is unknown. This, the opening chorus is a chorale fantasia with a long opening and closing ritornello bookending a chorale theme with four entries and lengthy interspersed episodes. The three lower voices imitate the soprano thrice in the chorale phrases and then move into a fast ascending figure. The "rather muted" music of the first chorus and the bass aria (the opening line of which translates as "O mortals, ye who sin daily") have been described by one writer as giving listeners a "moral hangover" after the possible overindulgence of the Christmas holidays. Source: Wikipedia (,_BWV_122) Although originally scored for four vocal soloists (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass), a four-part choir, three recorders, two oboes, taille, two violins, viola, and basso continuo with organ, I created this arrangement for Winds (Flute, Oboe, French Horn, Bass Clarinet) & Strings (2 Violins, Viola & Cello).


Pages 8
Duration 05:18
Measures 128
Key signature 2 flats
Parts 8
Part names Flute, Oboe, French Horn, Clarinet, Violin(2), Viola, Cello
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