SATB vocal soli, SATB choir, 2 oboe d'amore, horn/cornet, 2 violins, viola, basso continuo
Cantata for the 3rd day of Christmas. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Tobias Rimek. Arranged by Paul Horn. This edition: Paperbound. Stuttgart Urtext Edition. German title: Ich freue mich in dir. Christmas. Vocal score. With Language: German/English. Composed 1724. BWV 133. Duration 20 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3113303).
Item Number: CA.3113303
The cantata "Ich freue mich in dir" was first performed during Bach's second year as Thomaskantor, on the 3rd day of Christmas, and belongs to the so-called annual cycle of chorale cantatas. Here the focus of the composition is the hymn of the same name by Philipp Ziegler, in which the first and final strophes were adopted, word for word, in the first and sixth movements of the cantata. The soprano, which carries the chorale, is supported by the conrnett (Zink), which already at this time had become a seldom-used instrument. The joyful, lively choral movement with instrumental interludes directly follows the first aria, and begins with a marked, ascending motive at the word "Getrost!" (safely). The oboes d'amore which accompany the alto lend the movement a special color. In the second aria (for soprano), Bach again shows himself to be the master of text interpretation. The words "Wie lieblich klingt es in den Ohren" are emphasized in an exchange between open strings and sixteenth note figures.