Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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 Complete performance (lossy)
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Lekro (2014/1/9)

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Cambridge Concentus (orchestra)

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Cambridge: Cambridge Concentus, 2010.

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Performed at the First Church in Cambridge, MA, September 19th, 2010. 24-bit 96kHz binaural recording. Go to Internet Archive for source and OGG, FLAC, and WAV files.

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Aria: Widerstehe doch der Sünde (No.1)

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Michrond (2012/11/17)

 Virtual performance (E major, original key)
#258907 - 4.14MB - 4:31 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 89x

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Michrond (2012/11/17)

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MIDI

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Michel Rondeau

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 Virtual performance (G major, transposed)
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Michrond (2012/11/12)

 Virtual performance (G major, transposed)
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Michrond (2012/11/12)

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MIDI

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Michel Rondeau

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 Complete Score
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Feldmahler (2006/8/07)

BWV0054.pdf
Editor:

Wilhelm Rust (1822–1892)

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Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 12
Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1863. Plate B.W. XII (2).

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 1. Aria: Widerstehe doch der Sünde
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Stephen Malinowski (2007/6/1)

 2. Recitativo: Die Art verruchter Sünden
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 3. [Aria]: Wer Sünde tut, der ist vom Teufel
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Stephen Malinowski (2007/6/1)

BWV54mvt1.pdf
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Michrond (2012/11/17)

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PMLP149300-BacBWVA54Sco.pdf
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Michel Rondeau

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Michel Rondeau

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Aria: Widerstehe doch der Sünde (No.1)

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 Violins I
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 Violins II
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 Violas
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 Cellos
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 Engraving files (Finale & XML)
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Michrond (2012/11/17)

PMLP149300-BacBWVA54Alt.pdf
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Michel Rondeau

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Michel Rondeau

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E major, original key
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 Soprano solo
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 Violins I
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 Violins II
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 Violins III
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 Violas
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 Cellos
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PMLP149300-BacBWV54Sop.pdf
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Michel Rondeau

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G major, transposed
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Vocal Scores

 Complete Score
#24224 - 0.88MB, 14 pp. -  7.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (2) - C/V/C - 1961x

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Perlnerd666 (2008/11/9)

PMLP03749-bwv054.pdf
Arranger:

Bernhard Todt (1822–1907)

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German / English

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Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, n.d.(ca.1890)

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Vocal Scores based on Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe

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 1. Aria: Widerstehe doch der Sünde
#06704 - 0.13MB, 3 pp. -  5.6/10 2 4 6 8 10 (5) - !N/!N/!N - 778x

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Stephen Malinowski (2007/6/1)

BWV54mvt1reductionkeyboard.pdf
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General Information

Work Title Widerstehe doch der Sünde
Alternative Title Resist sin indeed
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue Number BWV 54
Key E major
Movements/Sections 3 movements
  1. Aria: Widerstehe doch der Sünde (E major)
  2. Recitativo: Die Art verruchter Sünden (C minor-A major)
  3. [Aria]: Wer Sünde tut, der ist vom Teufel (E major)
Year/Date of Composition 1714
First Performance 1714-07-15 in Weimar, Schlosskirche.
First Publication 1863 (BGA}
Librettist Georg Christian Lehms (1684–1717), from Gottgefälliges Kirchen-Opffer (1711)
Language German
Average Duration 14 minutes
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Vocal — Solo Alto
Orchestra — Strings, BC
External Links Wikipedia article
All Music Guide
Bach-Cantatas.com


Misc. Comments

For the Third Sunday in Lent, most likely.

Commentary on the movements

  1. Aria: Widerstehe doch der Sünde. The cantata opens with a V7 over a tonic pedal, a harshly dissonant and beautiful effect. Some, notably Sir George Grove2 thought this a brilliant and unique idea, but several other Bach cantatas, including BWV 611 use the same cord. Here, the harmonic daring which pervades the movement represents the superficial attractiveness of sin.
  2. Recitativo: Die Art verruchter Sünden. A "boldly descriptive"1 secco recitative.
  3. [Aria]: Wer Sünde tut, der ist vom Teufel. A fugue in 4-part texture, with the upper strings in unison by family. This is the most lively and fastest of the movements, illustrating the notion that there are ample rewards for resisting the temptations of sin.

Print Sources Consulted

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
London: Novello, Ewer and Company, 1898.
Cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach
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