Cantata for the Second Day of Christmas. 1. Chor Christum wir sollen loben schon, Der reinen Magd Marien Sohn, So weit die liebe Sonne leucht. Und an aller. BWV Christum wir sollen loben schon is one of the oldest-feeling of all Bach’s cantatas. Luther himself appropriated and translated this fifth-century Latin. Title: Christum wir sollen loben schon. Composer: Lukas Osiander Lyricist: Martin Luther. Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB Genre: Sacred.

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He composed this Christmas cantata in Leipzig in for the second day of Christmas and first performed it on 26 December The chorale cantata is based on the hymn by Martin Luther ” Christum wir sollen loben christim “.

Bach composed the cantata in his second year in Leipzig for the Second Day of Christmas.

The prescribed readings for the feast day were from the Epistle to Titus Titus 3: The source for the melody is Martin Luther dhristum setting of the hymn ” Christum wir sollen loben schon “, a German translation of the Latin ” A solis ortus cardine ” c. The hymn’s other verses are freely adapted as madrigalian recitatives and arias by an unknown poet. The piece is scored for altotenor and bass vocal soloists with four-part choir.


The instrumental parts are cornettthree trombonesoboe d’amoretwo violinsviolaand basso continuo. The opening choral motet is built on a quasi- church mode cantus firmus in the soprano, with an archaic effect underscored by a full four-part brass accompaniment.

The tenor aria is composed as a modern da capo ariain which the symmetrical scheme is broken up by irregular periodising and harmonization. The third schln is an alto recitative. It ends with a “startling enharmonic progression — a symbolic transformation” to C major. The bass aria is almost dance-like, playing with the harmony and portraying jumps, reflecting the movement’s text’s references to John the Baptist ‘s leaping in his mother’s womb during the Visitation of Mary.

The penultimate movement is a soprano recitative, short and arioso -like. The closing chorale movement presents the doxology in a four-part setting, illuminating the early-church melody in a modern lohen tonality.

Christum wir sollen loben schon, BWV 121 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Christum wir sollen loben schon BWV Christmas cantata Chorale cantata. SATB choir alto, tenor and bass soloists.


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Christmas cantata Chorale cantata by J. Martin Lutherauthor of the hymn.