STB vocal soli, SATB choir, [bassoon], 2 violins, 2 violas, basso continuo - Level 3
Cantata for the 1st Sunday in Advent. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Ulrich Leisinger. Arranged by Paul Horn. This edition: urtext. Stuttgart Urtext Edition: Bach vocal; Hymns by Martin Luther: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland. German title: Nun Komm, Der Heiden Heiland I Rev. Sacred vocal music, Cantatas, Advent. Full score. Composed 1714. BWV 61. Duration 23 minutes. Carus Verlag #CV 31.061/00. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3106100).
Item Number: CA.3106100
ISBN 9790007088415. Key: A minor / g major. Language: German/English. Text: Neumeister, Erdmann. Text: Erdmann Neumeister.
The opening chorus uses the first verse of the old plainsong hymn "Veni redemptor gentium", which in the paraphrase by Martin Luther has become the most important Advent hymn of the Protestant Church. Bach introduces the traditional plainsong melody in the form of a French overture, here symbolizing the entry of the King of Heaven, thus creating an unusual and splendid opening piece for the beginning of the church year.