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Cantata BWV 4
Christ lag in Todesbanden

Ref.

BWV 4

German Title

Christ lag in Todesbanden

English Title

Christ lay in the Bonds of Death (by Richard Stokes)

Event

Chorale Cantata for the Easter Sunday
Readings: Epistle: 1 Corinthians 5: 6-8; Gospel: Markus 16: 1-8

Composed

Mühlhausen, 1707-1708; Revised: Leipzig, 1724 & 1725
1st performance: 1707-1708? - Mühlhausen
2nd performance: April 9, 1724 - Leipzig
3rd performance: April 1, 1725 - Leipzig

Text

Martin Luther

Text: German-1 | German-2 | German-6 (1) | German-6 (2) | NBA Text
Translations: Arabic-1 | Catalan-1 | Chinese-2 | Dutch-2 | Dutch-3 | English-1 | English-2 | English-3I | English-3P | English-5 | English-6 | English-7 | English-8 | English-10 | French-1 | French-3 | French-4 | French-6 | Hebrew-1 | Hebrew-3 | Hungarian-1 | Indonesian-1 | Italian-1 | Italian-2 | Japanese-6 | Portuguese-2 | Russian-1 | Russian-3 | Spanish-1 | Spanish-2 | Spanish-7
Chorale Text: Christ lag in Todesbanden

Scoring

Soloists: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass; 4-part Chorus
Orchestra: cornett, 3 trombones, 2 violins, 2 violas, continuo
Mvt. 1: Sinfonia | Mvt. 2: Chorus | Mvt. 3: Duet | Mvt. 4: Aria | Mvt. 5: Chorus | Mvt. 6: Aria | Mvt. 7: Aria (Duet) | Mvt. 8: Chorale

Score Vocal & Piano [2.81 MB] | Score BGA [2.68 MB]
Chorales: Mvt. 8 | Mvt. 8 ver
Capella: Mvt. 1 | Mvt. 2 | Mvt. 3 | Mvt. 4 | Mvt. 5 | Mvt. 6 | Mvt. 7 | Mvt. 8 | Mvt. 8 ver 2 [cap]
Reduced Instrumentation: Complete Cantata [22:00]
Chorale Melody: Christ lag in Todesbanden

References

BGA: I | NBA: I/9 | BC: A 54 | Zwang: K 4 | First Published: BG, 1851 | Autograph score (facsimile): ?

Commentary

English: Crouch | AMG | Bethlehem | Emmanuel Music | Koster | Mincham
AL [Dutch] | BK [Dutch] | EvH [Dutch] | HT [Dutch] | Role [French] | Japanese-1 | Reyes [Spanish]

Music

Music Examples

Discussions

Week of April 23, 2000; Week of January 23, 2005; Week of May 30, 2010; Week of March 1, 2015

Contents

Discography Part 1: Complete Recordings 1900-1949
Discography Part 2: Complete Recordings 1950-1959
Discography Part 3: Complete Recordings 1960-1969
Discography Part 4: Complete Recordings 1970-1979
Discography Part 5: Complete Recordings 1980-1989
Discography Part 6: Complete Recordings 1990-1999
Discography Part 7: Complete Recordings 2000-2009
Discography Part 8: Complete Recordings 2010-2019
Discography Part 9: Recordings of Individual Movements

Discussions - Part 1
Discussions - Part 2 (1st round)
Discussions - Part 3
Discussions - Part 4 (2nd round)
Discussions - Part 5 (3rd round)
Discussions - Part 6 (4th round)

“Actus Tragicus” - Cantatas BWV 4, 12, 106 & 196 - by Konrad Junghänel & Cantus Cölln
John Eliot Gardiner - Bach Cantata Pilgrimage - Vol. 22
Complete Cantatas Vol. 1 - conducted by Ton Koopman
Edition Bachakademie Vols. 1-20 - conducted by Helmuth Rilling

The list of recordings was compiled by Aryeh Oron (April 2000 - March 2015)
Thanks to contributors: Anandgyan (January 2010), Yoël L. Arbeitman (July 2009), Rainer Baruth (April 2012), Thérèse Hanquet (February 2007),
Matthias Hansen (July 2006, August 2006, June 2008, June 2013), Frits van Laeken Herbold (São Paulo, Brazil - March 2008, March 2012, January 2014), Harald Kurama (November 2010), Christian Moll (November 2009), Jean-Gabriel Puyraveau (April 2014), Pierre-F. Roberge (July 2009), Peter Schmidt (May 2005), Jean-Louis Serre (March 2006), Russ Sackowitz (September 2008), Thomas Shepherd (April 2007), Burke Smith (November 2007), Peter Tanzer (November 2001), Bradley Taylor (April 2005, July )

Cantata BWV 4: Details
Recordings: Complete:
1900-1949 | 1950-1959 | 1960-1969 | 1970-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-2009 | 2010-2019 | Individual Movements
Discussions:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6

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