Ihr Hirten Bethlehems
SATB voice soli, 2 horns, 2 violins, 2 violas, basso continuo
Weihnachtskantate. Composed by Johann Georg Zechner. Edited by Leonhard Riedel. Score available separately - see item CA.1037700. Choral score. With Language: German. Duration 20 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.1037705).
Item Number: CA.1037705
ISBN M-007-11094-9. Text: Johann Rist, Michael Schirmer.
As the basis for his "Oratorio per il Natale" Zechner used 4 Verses of the hymn "Ermuntre dich, mein schwacher Geist" by Johann Rist. He also used some verses by another author. The reason for the reworking of Rist's text was undoubtedly Zechner's idea of writing a dramatic compositon after the model of the Italian cantata, rather than a succession of verses. It is not insignificant that he described this work as an "Oratorio".