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Look ye then and see now (Schauet doch und sehet, ob irgend ein Schmerz sei)

Cantata for the 10th Sunday after Trinity

By Johann Sebastian Bach

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ATB vocal soli, SATB choir, 2 recorders f1, 2 oboe d'caccia, trumpet (tromba or horn da tirarsi), 2 violins, viola, basso continuo
Cantata for the 10th Sunday after Trinity. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Uwe Wolf and Paul Horn. This edition: urtext. Stuttgart Urtext Edition: Bach vocal. German title: Schauet Doch Und Sehet, Ob Irgend Ein. Sacred vocal music, Cantatas. Full score. Composed 1723. BWV 46. 60 pages. Duration 20 minutes. Carus Verlag #CV 31.046/00. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3104600).

Item Number: CA.3104600

ISBN 9790007042936. Key: D minor. Language: German/English.

The opening chorus of the cantata "Schauet doch und sehet" (Look ye then and see now) is one of those movements by Bach which are much better known in their later guise: the first part of it became the "Qui tollis" of the Mass in B minor. But this movement is not the only high point of the cantata from Bach's earliest Leipzig period. Both the arias are also unusual: a bass aria depicting God's anger dramatically as a thundering storm, with strings and slide trumpet, which gives the movement a very special colour through its unexpected notes beyond the instrument's natural series, and an alto aria with two recorders, accompanied by just two oboi da caccia in unison, which take the role of the continuo as "little basset instruments". Music almost not of this world! New revised edition.

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