Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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 Verse I: Christ lag in Todes Banden
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 Verse II: Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt
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 Verse III: Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn
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 Verse VI: So feiern wir das hohe Fest
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 Verse I: Christ lag in Todes Banden
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 Verse II: Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt
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 Verse III: Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn
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 Verse IV: Es war ein wunderlicher Krieg
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 Verse VI: So feiern wir das hohe Fest
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 Verse VII: Wir essen und leben wohl
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Verse VI: So feiern wir das hohe Fest

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BWV0004.pdf
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PMLP03250-bwv004.pdf
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Gustav Schreck (1849-1918), piano reduction

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John Ebenezer West (1863-1929)

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Henry Sandwith Drinker (1880-1965), English text

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New York: G. Schirmer, n.d.(ca.1925). Plate 42644

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WIMA.6427-chrlag1.pdf
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Verse VI: So feiern wir das hohe Fest

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Antonio Armendáriz (2008/7/5)

CANTATA BWV 004 - J.S.BACH - TEXTOS Y PARTITURAS.pdf
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Antonio Armendáriz (2nd edition)

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Lodosa: Antonio Armendáriz Navarro

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General Information

Work Title Christ lag in Todes[ ]banden
Alternative Title Christ lay in Death's Bonds
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue Number BWV 4 ; BC A54
Key E minor
Movements/Sections 8 sections
  1. Sinfonia
  2. Verse I: Christ lag in Todes Banden
  3. Verse II: Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt
  4. Verse III: Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn
  5. Verse IV: Es war ein wunderlicher Krieg
  6. Verse V: Hier ist das rechte Osterlamm
  7. Verse VI: So feiern wir das hohe Fest
  8. Verse VII: Wir essen und leben wohl
Year/Date of Composition 1707–08? (1st version)
1724–25 (2nd version)
First Performance 1708 in Mühlhasen? (1st version)
1724-4-9 in Leipzig (2nd version)
First Publication 1851 (BGA)
Librettist Martin Luther (1483–1546)
Language German
Average Duration 20 minutes
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Soloists: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass; Chorus (SATB)
Orchestra: cornetto, 3 trombones (in 2nd version only), 2 violins, 2 violas, continuo
External Links Wikipedia article
Bach-Cantatas.com
Bach.de (German)
Christ lag in Todesbanden - scores at Sheet Music Plus


Misc. Comments

Cantata for Easter Sunday

Commentary on the movements

  1. Sinfonia: strings and continuo
  2. Verse I: "Christ lag in Todes Banden" - The alto, tenor, and bass voices sing free counterpoint, while the cantus firmus is sung by the soprano in unadorned, long notes.
  3. Verse II: "Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt" ("Nobody could overcome death") - for soprano, alto and continuo.
  4. Verse III: "Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn" ("Jesus Christ, Son of God") - for tenor and continuo with 2 violins obbligato.
  5. Verse IV: "Es war ein wunderlicher Krieg" ("There was a wondrous war") - for soprano, alto, tenor, bass and continuo.
  6. Verse V: "Hier ist das rechte Osterlamm" ("Here is the true Easter Lamb") - for bass, strings and continuo.
  7. Verse VI: "So feiern wir das hohe Fest" ("So we celebrate the high feast") - for soprano, tenor and continuo.
  8. Verse VII: "Wir essen und leben wohl" ("We eat and live well") - A chorale, sung and played by the whole ensemble.

Print Sources Consulted

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