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O my Lord, I long for thee (Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich)

Kantate fur den Bussgottesdienst (?)

By Johann Sebastian Bach

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SATB vocal soli, SATB choir, bassoon, 2 violins, basso continuo
Kantate fur den Bussgottesdienst (?). Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Klaus Hofmann. Arranged by Klaus Hofmann. This edition: urtext. Stuttgart Urtext Edition: Bach vocal. German title: Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich. Sacred vocal music, Cantatas. Full score. Composed circa 1706. BWV 150. 72 pages. Duration 17 minutes. Carus Verlag #CV 31.150/00. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3115000).

Item Number: CA.3115000

ISBN 9790007049294. Key: B minor. Language: German/English.

The cantata "Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich" (O my Lord, I long for thee) BWV 150 is one of the earliest cantatas from Bach's Muhlhausen period. Its authenticity was long disputed, partly because of the stylistic characteristics of this early work, but also because the cantata only survives in sources dating from the period after Bach's death. However, in recent years a hidden dedication to Conrad Meckbach, a member of the Muhlhausen town council and patron of Bach, has been deciphered: the initial letters of the free poetry reveal the acrostic "Doctor Conrad Meckbach" (in the 18th century spelling), revealing a link to the city of Muhlhausen and almost certainly confirming Bach's authorship of the cantata. The occasion of the composition of the work is still unknown. The small instrumental scoring for just two violins, bassoon, and continuo, plus the fact that only the soprano is given a solo movement, suggest a performance with modest resources.

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