Wer weiß, wie nahe mir mein Ende, BWV 27 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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Aria: Wilkommen! will ich sagen (No.3)

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Aria: Wilkommen! will ich sagen (No.3)

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Aria: Wilkommen! will ich sagen (No.3)

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General Information

Work Title Wer weiß, wie nahe mir mein Ende
Alternative. Title Who knows how near is my end?
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 27
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 6 movements
  1. [Chorale], Recitativo: Wer weiß, wie nahe mir mein Ende (C minor)
  2. Recitativo (Tenor): Mein Leben hat kein ander Zeil (G minor-C minor)
  3. Aria (Alto): Wilkommen! will ich sagen (E major)
  4. Recitativo (Soprano): Ach, wer doch schon im Himmel wär! (C minor)
  5. Aria (Bass): Gute Nacht, du Weltgetummel! (G minor)
  6. Choral: Welt, ade! Ich bin dein mude (B major)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1726
First Performance. 1726-10-06 in Leipzig
First Publication. 1855 (BGA)
Librettist Anonymous
Language German
Average DurationAvg. Duration 19 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Vocal: soprano, alto, tenor, bass, mixed chorus (SSATB)
Orchestra: 2 oboes, oboe da caccia, horn, obbligato harpsichord, strings, continuo
External Links Wikipedia article
J.S. Bach.org
Bach.de (German)
Bach-Cantatas.com
Wer weiß, wie nahe mir mein Ende - scores at Sheet Music Plus

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For the 16th Sunday after Trinity.

Commentary on the movements

  1. [Chorale]1, Recitativo: Wer weiß, wie nahe mir mein Ende. An opening movement in a similar style to many of Bach's chorale cantatas,; however this chorus is interrupted thrice by recitatives (SAT).
  2. Recitativo (Tenor): Mein Leben hat kein ander Zeil. Secco recitative.
  3. Aria (Alto): Wilkommen! will ich sagen. A very strange combination of Oboe da Caccia, Concertante Harpsichord, and Alto voice makes for a completely unblended texture made beautiful by a very "accessible" melody1.
  4. Recitativo (Soprano): Ach, wer doch schon im Himmel wär! Recitative accompanied with strings, mostly in chords.
  5. Aria (Bass): Gute Nacht, du Weltgetummel! No obbligato instruments here; however, the musical material illustrates the dichotomous nature of the text.
  6. Choral: Welt, ade! Ich bin dein mude. A plain chorale setting.

Print Sources Consulted

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