Dearest Jesus, sore I need Thee (Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen)
Cantata for the 1st Sunday after Epiphany
by Johann Sebastian Bach
4-Part - Sheet Music

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SB vocal soli, SATB choir, oboe, 2 violins, viola, basso continuo

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Cantata for the 1st Sunday after Epiphany. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. Edited by Hans Grischkat. This edition: urtext. Stuttgart Urtext Edition: Bach vocal. German title: Liebster Jesu. Sacred vocal music, Cantatas, Epiphany. Single Part, Organ. Composed 1726. BWV 32. 16 pages. Duration 24 minutes. Carus Verlag #CV 31.032/49. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3103249).

ISBN 9790007042554. Key: E minor / g major. Language: German/English. Text: Lehms, Georg Christian. Text: Georg Christian Lehms.

The text of the cantata "Dearest Jesus, sore I need Thee" for the 1st Epiphany Sunday 1726 was written by the Darmstadt poet Georg Christian Lehms. It is conceived as a dialog between Jesus and the Faithful Soul. Bach titled his cantata "Concerto in Dialogo" and accordingly, it is structured as a dialog between soprano and bass, set in the voice types that were - not only for Bach - typically used for the soul (soprano) and Jesus (bass). The cantata is based on the narrative of the twelve-year-old boy Jesus in the temple; however, in spite of closely following the gospel text, it is interpreted more widely here: it is through Jesus that the believer finds God's dwelling. Bach creates a great arch from the opening aria full of yearning and searching through to the joyful duet "Nun verschwinden alle Plagen." He himself added the four-part closing chorale to the text model, thus communicating the sense of joyous certainty to the congregation of believers. Score and part available separately - see item CA.3103200.