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Cantata BWV 183
Sie werden euch in den Bann tun [II]
Provenance

Thomas Braatz wrote (May 20, 2002):
BWV 183 - Provenance:

The autograph score was inherited by C.P.E. Bach where it is listed in his possession at the time of his death. The next owner was the Berlin Singakademie and it appears in their catalogue of Bach’s works as the ‘autograph score with original parts’ although the original parts came to the Singakademie via another route. The BB (Staatsbibliothek Berlin) acquired both in 1854 and this is where they are located today.

Bach’s title on the folder cover is:

Dominica Exaudi
Sie werden eüch in den Ban [the n has a horizontal line over it to indicate duplication of the consonant] thun.
à
4 Voci.
2 Hautb. d’Amour
2 Hautb da Caccia
2 Violini
Viola
Violoncello piccolo
e
Continuo
di
Joh: Sebast: Bach

Bach’s title at the top of the 1st page is:

JJ. Doica Exaudi Sie werd euch in d Bann thun.
[The word ‘Doica’ has what appears to be a curved phrase mark over the ‘oic’ to indicate the missing letters.]

First Performance:

May 13, 1725 (Dürr)

Text:

Once again (in reference to BWV 103, last week) the complete text by Christiane Mariane von Ziegler can be found in her collection of poetry, “Versuch in gebundener Schreibart,” that appeared in 1728. The questions always remains, as in last weeks cantata, whether Bach had access to an earlier version of Ziegler’s text, a text that she later changed, or whether he made the changes himself (whether for musical reasons or because he had to appease the forces of Enlightenment that prevailed in Leipzig so as to avoid criticism of the pietistically inclined text that Ziegler provided.) Here is her text from 1728 with Bach’s changes in square brackets:

Dom. Exaudi.

Dictum.

Sie werden euch in den Bann thun, es kömmt aber die Zeit, daß wer euch tödtet, wird meynen, er thue Gott einen Dienst daran. {This is a direct quote from the Luther Bible (John 16:2).}

ARIA.

Ich fürchte nicht des Todes Schrecken
Und scheue gar kein Ungemach: [ich scheue gantz kein Ungemach;]
Denn Jesus Schutz-Arm will mich decken, [denn Jesus Schutzarm wird mich decken,]
Drum folg ich gern und willig nach. [ich folge gern und willig nach.]
Wolt ihr nicht meines Lebens schonen,
Und glaubt Gott einen Dienst zu thun,
So wird er euch dafür belohnen/ [er soll euch selben noch belohnen]
Wohlan! Es mag darbei beruhn.

Ich bin bereit, mein Blut und armes Leben,
Vor dich mein Heyland hinzugeben,
Mein gantzer Mensch soll dir allein [mein gantzer Mensch soll dir gewidmet seyn]
Gewidmet seyn.
Diß ist mein Trost, dein Geist wird bey mir stehen, [ich tröste mich…]
Und solt es mir auch noch so schlimm ergehen. [gesetzt es sollte mir vielleicht zu viel geschehen.]

ARIA.

Höchster Tröster, Heilger Geist,
Der du mir die Wege weist,
Darauf ich wandeln soll,
Hilff meine Schwachheit mit vertreten
Denn vor mich selbst kann ich nicht beten, [Bach’s printed version: ‚vor mich selbst’;
Ich weiß, du sorgest vor mein Wohl
. [but in the score: ms. 48: ‘von mir selber’ and ms. 102: ‘von mir selbst’]

Choral.

Du bist ein Geist, der lehret, wie man recht beten soll; Dein Beten wird erhöret; Dein Singen klinget wohl; Es steigt zum Himmel an; Es steigt und läst nicht abe, biß der geholffen habe, der allein helffen kann.

{The chorale text ist he 5th verse of the chorale, „Zeuch ein zu deinen Toren“ by Paul Gerhardt (1653)

 

Cantata BWV 183: Details & Complete Recordings | Recordings of Individual Movements | Discussions: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

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