Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele, BWV 69 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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Aria: Meine Seele, Auf! erzähle (No.3)

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Chorus: Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele (No.1)

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Aria: Meine Seele, Auf! erzähle (No.3)

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General Information

Work Title Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele
Alternative. Title Praise the Lord, O my soul
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 69 (revised version - BWV 69a)
Key D major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 6 movements - items in brackets are for BWV 69a
  1. Chorus: Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele (D major)
  2. Recitativo (Soprano): Wie groß ist Gottes Güte doch!
    [Ach, daß ich tausend Zungen hätte!] (B minor-G major)
  3. Aria (Tenor): Meine Seele, Auf! erzähle (G major)
  4. Recitativo (Alto): Der herr had große Ding an uns getan
    [Gedenk ich nur zurück] (E minor-F minor)
  5. Aria (Bass): Mein Erlöser und Erhalter (B minor)
  6. Chorale: Es danke, Gott, und lobe dich
    [Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, darbei will ich verbleiben] (B minor-D major)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1723, rev.1748 - see "Version History" below
First Performance. 1723-08-15 in Leipzig (BWV 69a)
1748-08-26 in Leipzig (BWV 69)
First Publication. 1868 (BGA)
Librettist Anonymous
Language German
Average DurationAvg. Duration 27 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Vocal: soprano, alto, tenor, bass, mixed chorus (SATB)
Orchestra: recorder, 3 oboes, oboe d'amore, oboe da caccia, bassoon, 3 trumpets, timpani, strings, continuo
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Misc. Comments

For the 1748 Council Election.

Commentary on the movements

Titles in parentheses are for BWV 69a

  1. Chorus: Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele. Calling for an instrumentation comparable to that of the Christmas Oratorio, this movement fully utilises that exceptional orchestrational potential.
    The centerpiece of the movement is the double fugue on the same lyrics.
  2. Recitativo (Soprano): Wie groß ist Gottes Güte doch! (=Ach, daß ich tausend Zungen hätte!) Secco recitative.
  3. Aria (Tenor): Meine Seele, Auf! erzähle. The movement flows in 9/8, using the pastoral sounds of oboe da caccia and recorder to great advantage.
  4. Recitativo (Alto): Der herr had große Ding an uns getan (=Gedenk ich nur zurück). Secco recitative.
  5. Aria (Bass): Mein Erlöser und Erhalter. A "powerfully and energetically rythmical" aria for Bass and oboe d'amore obbligato1.
  6. Chorale: Es danke, Gott, und lobe dich (=Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, darbei will ich verbleiben). A plain chorale setting.

Version History

  1. August 15, 1723 (12th Sunday after Trinity): Sacred cantata BWV 69a.
  2. August 26, 1748 (Council Elections): Current version. Changes include the text (mainly recitatival changes), and a new chorale at the end.

Print Sources Consulted

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