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O Holy Spirit's solemn rite (O heiliges Geist- und Wasserbad)

Cantata for the Trinity Sunday

By Johann Sebastian Bach

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SATB vocal soli, SATB Choir, 2 Violins, Viola, Basso continuo
Cantata for the Trinity Sunday. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Frauke Heinze. Stuttgart Urtext Edition: Bach vocal. O Heiliges Geist- Und Wasserbad. Sacred vocal music, Cantatas, Trinity. Single Part, basso continuo. Composed 1715(?). BWV 165. 8 pages. Duration 13 minutes. Carus Verlag #CV 31.165/14. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3116514).

Item Number: CA.3116514

ISBN 9790007209117. Text language: German/English. Text: Franck, Salomo.

The cantata "O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad" (O Holy spirit's solemn rite) BWV 165 is one of Bach's earliest cantata compositions and was presumably first performed in the Weimar Schlosskirche for Trinity Sunday in 1715. With a simple instrumentation of only strings and basso continuo (including bassoon), the cantata offers an alternative to the later Leipzig cantatas for the Feast of the Holy Trinity, also with regard to the vivid interpretation of the text in the librettos by Salomon Franck. In the two expressive recitatives and the three distinctively different arias, Bach repeatedly emphasizes the central words of the text, which focuses on the meaning of the rebirth of the spirit through baptism. Score and part available separately - see item CA.3116500.

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