Alles, was von Gott geboren, BWV 80a (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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General Information

Work Title Alles, was von Gott geboren, BWV 80a
Alternative. Title Auf den Sonntag Oculi
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 80a; BC A 52
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IJB 23
Key D major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 6 movements
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1715
First Performance. 1715-03-24 Schloßkapelle "Weg zum Himmelsburg" Weimar
First Publication. lost, but could be reconstructed
Librettist Salomo Franck (1659-1725)
Language German
Dedication 3rd Sunday in Lent (Oculi)
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Vocal: soprano, alto, tenor, bass, mixed chorus (SATB)
Orchestra: 1 oboe, oboe da caccia, strings, continuo

Misc. Comments

Commentary on the movements

  1. Aria (Bass): Alles, was von Gott geboren. A "chorale-aria" in which the oboe(?) delivers the chorale melody, while the bass sings the "true vocal part," to a vivacious string accompaniment.
  2. Recitativo (Bass): Erwäge doch. Secco recitative.
  3. Aria (Soprano): Komm in mein Herzenhaus. A continuo aria. Despite the attempts of many "realizers" of the continuo, this aria is of a rather stark and barren texture compared to the rich, thick webs of counterpoint in the preceding movement. However, the vocal line is still highly expressive.
  4. Recitativo (Tenor): So stehe dann. Secco recitative.
  5. Aria (Alto, Tenor): Wie selig sind doch die, die Gott im Munde tragen. A strange texture of Oboe da Caccia, Violin, Alto, Tenor, and Continuo, makes this movement stand out as "exotic" among the others. Free imitation abounds, but the movement is primarily concerned with sweet homophonic movement.
  6. Choral: Mit unser Macht ist nichts gethan. A plain chorale setting to conclude.