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Cantata BWV 128
Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein
Provenance

Thomas Braatz wrote (May 14, 2002):
BWV 128 - Provenance (source: NBA I/12 pp.158 ff.) :

By analogy to other similar autograph cantata scores and due to the lack of firm evidence regarding the ownership of this score, it can only be assumed that this autograph score came into W.F. Bach’s hands after his father’s death. Only in the 1st half of the 19th century does it turn up on the possession of Carl Pistor, a privy councilor to the postal service in Prussia, who had acquired it at an auction early in the 19th century. Zelter, who purchased many scores for the Berliner Singverein, understandably wanted immediately to purchase it for the same price that Pistor had paid for it, but Pistor refused this offer. After that it passed through inheritance directly to his grandson, Adolf Rudorff, a professor in Berlin. Eventually, in 1854, the latter presented it as a gift to his friend, the Berlin Court Conductor, Robert Radecke, at one of the occasions when they played music together. At the time when this NBA report was completed, it was still in the possession of the Radecke family, specifically, another conductor, Ewald Radecke who resided in Winterthur, Switzerland.

The abbreviated title in Bach’s hand reads: “J.J. Auff Christi Himelfahrt allein etc.” where the ‘m’ in ‘Himelfahrt’ has a line over it to indicated intended duplication of the consonant, and where ‘Christi’ had been written over a crossed-out “Dei” which probably stands for “Deine.”
Mvt. 2 is marked “Recit.”
Mvt. 4 (duet) has “Aria. Organo” at the top, possibly indicating that the organ was originally intended to take the part later assigned to the oboe (‘d’amore.’)
Mvt. 5 has “Choral” at the top and in the lower right corner: “Fine DSG.”

The original set of parts are in the BB. (Staatsbibliothek Berlin.) Between W.F.Bach’s likely acquisition of these parts as part of his inheritance (1750) and 1833, there is no record. In May, 1833, Franz Hauser acquired the set from Cantor G. Schuster, a nephew of Chr. Fr. Penzel (a famous collector of Bach manuscripts.) In 1903, along with other Bach manuscripts that he had acquired, Hauser sold the set to the BB.

1st Performance:

May 10, 1725 (Dürr)

Original Text by Mariane von Ziegler (pp. 255-256 of her collection of poetry, “Versuch in gebundener Schreibart.” Bach’s revisions in square brackets:

Festo Ascens. Christi.

Choral.

Auf Christi Himmelfarth allein ich meine Nachfarth gründe und allen Zweifel, Angst und Pein, hiermit stets überwinde: Denn weil das Haupt im Himmel ist, wird seine Glieder JEsus Christ zu rechter Zeit nachhohlen.

Ich bin bereit, komm hohle mich.
Hier in der Welt
Ist nicht, als Jammer, Angst und Pein; [, ist Jammer…]
Hingegen dort in Salems Zelt
Wird ich verklähret seyn.
Da seh ich dich von Angesicht, [da seh ich Gott von Angesicht zu Angesicht,]
Wie mir dein heilges Wort verspricht. [wir mir sein heilig Wort verspricht.]

ARIA.

Auf! Jubiliert mit hellen Schall, [Auf, auf, mit hellen Schall]
Verkündiget nun überall, [verkündigt überall:]
Mein JEsus sitzt zur Rechten, [mein Jesus sitzt zur rechten!]
Wer sucht mich anzufechten? [Wer sucht mich anzufechten?]
Wird er mir gleich weggenommen, [Ist er von mir genommen,]
Wird ich doch dahin auch kommen. [ich wird einst dahin kommen,]
[wo mein Erlöser lebt.
Mein Auge wird ihn einst in gröster Klarheit schauen. [mein Augen werden ihn in…]
O! könt ich schon allda mir eine Hütte bauen; [o könnt ich im Voraus mir ….]
Jedoch vergebner Wunsch, [Wohin! Vergebner Wunsch!]
Er wohnet nicht auf Berg und Thal. [Er wohnet nicht auf Berg und Thal,]
Sein Allmacht zeigt sich überall. [sein Allmacht zeigt sich überall:]
[so schweig, verwegner Mund,]
[und suche nicht dieselbe zu ergründen!]


ARIA.

Dein Allmacht zu ergründen, [Sein Allmacht zu ergründen]
Wird sich kein Mensche finden,
Mein Mund verstummt und schweigt
Ich sehe durch die Sterne,
daß er sich schon von ferne
Zur Rechten seines Vaters zeigt. [zur Rechten Gottes zeigt.]

Choral.

Alsdenn so wirst du mich zu deiner Rechten stellen, und mir als deinen Kind ein gnädig Urtheil fällen, mich bringen zu der Lust, wo deine Herrlichkeit ich werde schauen an in alle Ewigkeit.

 

Cantata BWV 128: Details & Complete Recordings | Recordings of Individual Movements | Discussions: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

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