Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig, BWV 26 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 5 (pp.189-216)
Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1855. Plate B.W. V.

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John Michael Diack (1869-1946), English text
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Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, n.d.(ca.1930). Plate 30107

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Leipzig: F.E.C. Leuckart, 1877. Plate F.E.C.L. 3036.

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General Information

Work Title Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig
Alternative Title Ah! how fleeting, ah! how futile
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue Number BWV 26
Key A minor
Movements/Sections 6 sections
  1. [Chorale]: Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig (A minor)
  2. Aria (Tenor): So schnell ein rauschend Wasser schießt (C major)
  3. Recitativo (Alto): Die Freude wird zur Traurigkeit (C major-E minor)
  4. Aria (Bass): An irdische Schätze das Herze zu hängen (E minor)
  5. Recitativo (Soprano): Die höchste Herrlichkeit und Pracht (G major-A minor)
  6. Choral: Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig (A minor
Year/Date of Composition 1724
First Performance 1724-11-19 in Leipzig
Librettist Hymn: Michael Franck
Language German
Average Duration 19 minutes
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Vocal — Soloists (SATB), Chorus (SATB)
Orchestra — Flute, 3 Oboes, Horn, Strings (including solo violin), Continuo
External Links Wikipedia article
Bach-Cantatas.com


Misc. Comments

For the 24th Sunday after Trinity.

Commentary on the movements

  1. [Chorale]1: Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig. A standard Bach chorale setting, with an imitative vocal texture under the chorale theme in the soprano and independent orchestral parts.
  2. Aria (Tenor): So schnell ein rauschend Wasser schießt. Flowing scales conjure up the image of the flowing waters. The obbligato is divided evenly between a solo violin and solo flute. Occasionally, they come together in unison.
  3. Recitativo (Alto): Die Freude wird zur Traurigkeit. Secco recitative.
  4. Aria (Bass): An irdische Schätze das Herze zu hängen. "The weird death-dance mood is newly awakened when three oboes and continuo strike up in a genuine bourée"1.
  5. Recitativo (Soprano): Die höchste Herrlichkeit und Pracht. Secco recitative.
  6. Choral: Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig. A plain chorale setting.

Print Sources Consulted

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach
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