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Peasant cantata

By Johann Sebastian Bach

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Soli SB, Fl, Cor, 2 Vl, Va, Bc
Peasant cantata. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Solvej Donadel. Stuttgart Urtext Edition: Bach vocal. Harpsichord. Cantatas. Single Part, Cembalo. Composed 1742. BWV 212. Duration 30 minutes. Carus Verlag #CV 31.212/48. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3121248).

Item Number: CA.3121248

ISBN 9790007239596. Language: German/English.

The Peasant Cantata BWV 212 is unique in Bach's cantata output both in content and musically. Although it belongs to Bach's homage cantatas, the text deals only indirectly with praise for a new chamberlain. Rather, the eloquent characters portray situations from rural life, which are also reflected in the music: Bach often drew on well-known dance movements and folk tunes. Because of this the cantata as a whole seems less 'academic' than his (surviving) sacred vocal music. Just two arias were composed in the typical da capo structure in which the musicians' abilities are put to the test. But because of the shortness of the other movements, the cantata is extremely varied. Picander's humorous text makes the cantata extremely versatile, far beyond its original purpose. Score and part available separately - see item CA.3121200.

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