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King of heaven, be most welcome (Himmelskonig, sei willkommen)

Erste Leipziger Fassung. Kantate zum Sonntag Palmarum oder zum Fest Mariae Verkundigung

By Johann Sebastian Bach

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ATB vocal soli, SATB choir and orchestra (recorder f1, violin, 2 violas, cello, basso continuo)
Erste Leipziger Fassung. Kantate zum Sonntag Palmarum oder zum Fest Mariae Verkundigung. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Klaus Hofmann. This edition: urtext. Stuttgart Urtext Edition: Bach vocal. German title: Himmelskonig, Sei Willkommen G-Dur. Sacred vocal music, Cantatas, Lent and Passiontide. Vocal Score. BWV 182. 40 pages. Duration 30 minutes. Carus Verlag #CV 31.182/53. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3118253).

Item Number: CA.3118253

ISBN M-007-14450-0. Key: G-major. Language: German/English.

The cantata "Himmelskonig, sei willkommen" BWV 182 holds a special place in Johann Sebastian Bach's biography. He had been employed as organist and chamber musician at the court of Weimar since 1708 on 2 March 1714, he was appointed concert master of the court, and his inauguration music for this occasion was "Himmelskonig, sei willkommen." The cantata was first performed on Palm Sunday of that year, 25 March 1714. Bach performed this cantata several times - always revising and amending it - both in Weimar and in Leipzig. Of the altogether four versions, the first Leipzig version has been selected for the present new edition. Unlike the Weimar versions, it can be realized effectively using modern performance means. In his debut composition of 1714, the newly appointed concert master demonstrated his abilities: the eight movements contain a multitude of beautiful and rewarding challenges for choir and vocal soloists alike, and in addition there is the unusual attraction of a virtuoso solo part for the recorder. Score available separately - see item CA.3118200.

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