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Stay with us, for it draws on toward evening (Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden)

Easter Monday

By Johann Sebastian Bach

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SATB vocal soli, SATB choir, 2 oboes, oboe d'caccia (viola), 2 violins, viola, cello piccolo, basso continuo - Level 3
Easter Monday. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Reinhold Kubik. Arranged by Reinhold Kubik. This edition: Paperbound. German title: Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden. Sacred vocal music, Cantatas, Easter and Eastertide, Morning, midday, evening. Score. Composed 1725. BWV 6. 64 pages. Duration 26 minutes. Carus Verlag #CV 31.006/00. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3100600).

Item Number: CA.3100600

ISBN M-007-04168-7. Key: C minor / g minor. Language: German/English.

Bach composed the cantata "Stay with us, for it draws on toward evening" BWV 6 for Easter Monday 1725. In fact, it is certain that a chorale cantata had been planned for that feast day, but for some unknown reason, the annual cycle of chorale cantatas broke off just before Easter 1725. For BWV 6, Bach fell back on a text by an author whose texts he had already set numerous times in his first Leipzig annual cycle of cantatas (which are conspicuous by their ever constant structure and use of two chorale settings). From the gospel for Easter Monday, the story of the Emmaus disciples, only the disappearing daylight and the fear of being left alone are made the subject of discussion. A truly magnificent choral movement opens the cantata. The first chorale for soprano and violoncello piccolo, which Bach later included in his "Schubler-Chorale," is also well-known outside of the cantata.

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