Cantata BWV 173Erhöhtes Fleisch und Blut
Cantata BWV 173a
Thomas Braatz wrote (July 19, 2003):
BWV 173a Durchlauchtster Leopold
Only the autograph score exists in the BB (Deutsche Staatsbibliothek Berlin). It was not listed in CPE Bach’s estate after the latter’s death. Either he gave it away during his lifetime or it may have been inherited by another member of J. S. Bach’s family. It is unknown just how Georg Pölchau (1773-1836) acquired it. The latter had this cantata bound together with BWV 206 and BWV 208.
On the title page, Bach wrote the following:
Serenada | Auff Hochf. Geburths Fest des | Durchl. Fürsten u Herrn Leopolds | Fürsten zu Anhalt-Cöthen. | â due Voci, Soprano è Baßo | due Traversieri | due Violini | una Viola | Baßono | Violoncello e | Continuo | di | JSBach.
At the top of the 1st page of the score:
Serenada. à Soprano e Baßo col Stromenti.
Marked on the side:
Violino 1. | Violino 2. | Viola.
Aria due Traversieri in unisono
Baßo è Stromenti. senza gli Traversieri. Vivace
Aria al tempo di Minuetta. senza Travers.
On the side: Violino 1 | Violin 2 | Viola | Baßo
Travers. 1 | Travers. 2
Recit. a due Voci. Volti seque l’Aria
Aria Soprano è Stromenti. col’ Traversieri.
Aria Baßo è Violoncelli
Violoncello è Baßono al unisono
Cembalo è Violono
At the very end: Fine. D. S. G.
Date of Composition:
The NBA KB has a long discussion with the pros and cons of various dates from 1717 to 1722, regarding which none can be definitively preferred over the others.
Most of the mvts. of secular cantata BWV 173a are reused in the sacred cantata BWV 173 (Erhöhtes Fleisch und Blut) [Bach even used the above score for BWV 173a for the 1st performance of BWV 173!]
Mvt. 7, the bass aria “Dein Name gleich der Sonnen geh” appears as a later parody in BWV 175 (Er rufet seinen Schafen mit Namen), where it is the 4th mvt. with the text “Es dünket mich, ich seh dich kommen.”
Only mvt. 6, the aria “So schau dies holden Tages Licht,” has not been found in a reused, recycled form in any other cantata. It is possible that Bach did not find the bourèe-like character of the music suitable for a sacred parody.
There is no autograph copy of the score for the sacred cantata BWV 173 (Erhöhtes Fleisch und Blut). What does exist is a later copy [copyist only identified as ‘the copyist of the continuo part’ in other cantatas] of the score, not used for the 1st performance of BWV 173 in 1724.
The original set of parts for BWV 173a has been lost. It is assumed that this set was also used in the later performances of BWV 173.
The librettist for BWV 173a and BWV 173 is unknown.
Cantatas BWV 173 & BWV 173a: Complete Recordings of BWV 173 | Recordings of Individual Movements from BWV 173 | Complete Recordings of BWV 173a | Recordings of Individual Movements from BWV 173a | Discussions: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
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