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Ah, how fleeting, ah, how futile (Ach wie fluchtig, ach wie nichtig)

Cantata for 24th Sunday after Trinity

By Johann Sebastian Bach

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SATB vocal soli, SATB choir, flute, 3 oboes, horn, 2 violins, viola, basso continuo
Cantata for 24th Sunday after Trinity. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Till Reininghaus. This edition: urtext. Stuttgart Urtext Edition: Bach vocal. German title: Ach wie fluchtig, ach wie nichtig. Sacred vocal music, End of the church year, Mourning, death. Full score. Composed 1724. BWV 26. 40 pages. Duration 17 minutes. Carus Verlag #CV 31.026/00. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3102600).

Item Number: CA.3102600

ISBN 9790007090784. Language: German/English.

Bach's cantata BWV 26 belongs to the Leipzig cycle of chorale cantatas, 1724/25, and it was first performed on 19 November 1724. The underlying 13-vers hymn by Michael Franck provided Bach and his unidentified librettist with an abundance of metaphors and comparisons which, from verse to verse and movement to movement, illustrate the fleeting and transitory nature of earthly life: an impressive musical-poetic exposition of potent baroque pictures of "vanity.".

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