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Sheep May Safely Graze

By Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)

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Brass Quintet - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750). Arranged by F. Leslie Smith. Baroque Period, Easter, Wedding. Score, Set of Parts. 21 pages. Published by Sweetwater Brass Press (S0.203507).

Item Number: S0.203507

  Bach composed the secular cantata Was mir behagt, istnur die muntre Jagd BWV 208 in 1713. By far, the most famous and most performed movement is the ninth, Schafe können sicher weiden, more popularly known by its English name, "Sheep May Safely Graze." Bach scored the piece for soprano with two recorders and continuo, but others have since provided arrangements for myriad instrument combinations. Long an instrumental favorite at weddings, now even some churches include “Sheep May Safely Graze” on their list of recommended music for marriage ceremonies. This arrangement is particularly effective in translating Bach’s music into a beautiful and quiet brass quintet composition. Horn in F and Trumpet 1 take turns with the melody, while Trombone and Tuba provide the basso continuo. Upper accompaniment is given to Trumpet 2 and, at various points, whoever else is not otherwise engaged—Trumpet 1, Horn in F and occasionally even Trombone.

  This arrangement was completed in 2017, and performance time runs about 4 minutes, 4 seconds. Contact the arranger, Les Smith, at If you like this one, don’t miss “Andante Cantabile from String Quartet Op. 11,” “Arabesque #1,” “Chorale St. Antoni,” “Clair de lune” and “Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring).” For more arrangements by Les, enter "Sweetwater Brass Press" (without the quotation marks) in the SheetMusicPlus search box. 

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